THE CMPD Releases Footage of Arrest that Led to Harold Easter’s Death
The CMPD released hours of body-worn camera videos and department observation footage that show the events nearby a January arrest that led to the death of Harold Easter and the resignations of 4 CMPD officers and a sergeant with the department.
In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings acknowledged the tragic loss for Harold Easter’s family and loved ones, then recommended that if the officers involved in the arrest had followed department policy, Easter may still be alive today.
Harold Easter lost awareness shortly after being arrested for a suspected drug transaction near Greenville Park on Jan. 23. The footage released Thursday shows officers witnessed him swallowing what is believed to be cocaine as they took him into custody. They failed to call for any medical help, as is department policy in such an incident.