Video has emerged of the controversial arrest of a homeless autistic man from Oregon, and the use of force by police officers has started discussion among those who believe the situation could have been handled differently.
In the clip, which was filmed in downtown Ashland, cops can be seen surrounding 31-year-old Charles Albert Colenaty as he sits on a bench. Just before the clip began, Colenaty had come to the defense of another homeless man who was facing a citation for having an unvaccinated dog in public.
As the cops move in to subdue him, Colenaty appears to fight back, but attempts to explain: “I’m autistic, I can’t relax. My muscles are locked.” Despite his pleas, the group of five officers hoist the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Colenaty to the ground as he cries out in pain.
“I can’t unlock my muscles, this hurts! Please!” Colenaty pleads. “Please just let go for a minute. I’m not trying to resist, I just can’t unlock my muscles!”