DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Durham Police Department has launched a routine internal use of force investigation after officers used a stun gun on one man and hit another with a baton.
Part of the incident on Friday, April 8, was caught on video and shared thousands of times on Facebook.
Four people were arrested on various drug and assault charges after two officers were attacked at a home on Misty Pine Ave., police said.
However, residents accuse police of raiding the home without a warrant and brutality.
Before her arrest on charges of maintaining a dwelling and resisting a a public officer, Vera McGriff posted the video Saturday.
Durham police point out that only part of the arrest was captured on video and that officers, following up on a previous drug arrest, smelled marijuana and obtained a search warrant before entering.
McGriff also claimed that officers beat several residents of the home.
However, police say that Khadir Cherry grabbed for an officer’s gun while Raynell Hall and Jahmon Cedeno attacked the officers.
Cherry was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or distribute, maintaining a dwelling, two counts of assault on a government official, resisting a public officer and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Hall was arrested and charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public officer.
Cedeno was arrested and charged with assault on a government official.
McGriff, the homeowner, was not arrested on the scene since there were two juveniles in the home who could not be left unattended.
No officers have been removed from duty as police further investigates.