FLORISSANT, Mo. – A Florissant police officer is suspended after a video surfaces of what shows a police officer’s SUV striking a man who appears to be running away. Now there are questions surfacing about the video that’s going viral on social media.
The video was provided to our news station by a Dellwood resident’s doorbell camera. The video appears to show an unmarked vehicle strike a man on June 2, 2020.
The video also shows the detectives get out of the vehicle, then apparently get on top of the man and hit him as he tries to restrain his hands behind his back. You can hear a lot of yelling in the video and the officers use strong words.
“It depicts a citizen being struck by a police vehicle. A 20- year-old man was taken to the hospital. After seeing that video, I was deeply concerned about the content and shortly after I spoke with the St. Louis County Police Crimes Against Persons Division on the conduct and asked for an independent investigation to see if there were any wrongdoing on the part of the officer,” said Florissant Timothy Fagan.
Chief Fagan says he saw the video for the first time Saturday, four days after the incident took place. St. Louis County Prosecutor Attorney Wesley Bell recused himself from the investigation and requested St. Charles County Tim Lohmar handle the investigation.
Bell released this statement:
“Upon learning of the existence of the video, we immediately began making investigative inquiries. We quickly learned that our office had a conflict of interest: a close relative of a staffer in our office was at the scene of the incident. The case was then assigned to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lomar to act as a Special Prosecutor, as is our standard practice in conflict cases. We advised Florissant Chief Fagen to refer this matter to St. Louis County PD as well as the FBI for an independent investigation, which he informs us that he has already done.”
“We reached out and asked for some independent eyes to look at this because we along with the public deserve to know what happened,” said Fagan.
Chief Fagan said police were looking for a black Dodge Charger in connection with shots fired across from the police department earlier this week.
The suspect is a 20-year-old male who was wanted on pending charges. He was sent the hospital with an injury to the ankle, police said.
Bommarito Automotive Sky flew over the Florissant Police Department Saturday as the National Guard Troops were at each entrance.
City workers and firefighters boarded up the facility. Neighboring businesses tell FOX2 they were warned by police to do the same but were not told why.
The detective involved in the incident spent nine years on the force and is now suspended as the investigation continues.