According to police, a woman originally called Harvard University Health Services to report that Ohene had stripped himself of his clothes and had thrown them at her. HUHS then transferred the call to Cambridge police.
Ohene was reportedly violent and an officer punched him five times in the stomach to calm him down and arrest him.
According to an arrest report, the incident began unfolding at 9.09pm on Friday when officers responded to the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street for a disturbance.
As the confrontation with police officers occurred, people continued watching, some taking videos with their phones. The video has caused outrage in some corners with people accusing the police of using brutality against a black man; the police commissioner says he's standing by the officers and accuses Oherne of being disorderly, but the incident is under investigation. "Three officers from the Cambridge Police Department and another officer from the Transit Police Department were required to gain compliance with the male".
The student involved in the incident is now undergoing evaluation at a hospital for issues including mental health concerns-and the ongoing evaluation is "one of the reasons" the student has yet to be arraigned, Bard said Monday.
The university's black law student association said that a number of its members witnessed what it called a "brutal instance of police violence", saying in a statement that the student screamed for help as he was punched in the torso.
Bard said officers had difficulty in getting one of Ohene's arms from underneath his body to be able to handcuff him.
He asked the public to analyze the officers' actions "in the context of a rapidly evolving situation" and added: "I absolutely do support the officers". He noted CPD officers are trained to always use the least amount of force possible.
He is charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on an ambulance personnel. Bard said the student was preventing the officers from placing handcuffs on his arm-and he said CPD officers tried multiple other methods of subduing the student including using their batons.
Ohene's lawyers said in a statement that the incident "continues to be a trying ordeal for Selorm and for his family". "If anyone's ever had to constrain an individual against their will, they'll know that it's a very hard thing to do".
"Once on the ground, the male continued to resist arrest", Bard said. The officers held him to the ground until paramedics arrived, placed him on a stretcher, and put him in the ambulance.
Burke writes that Ohene clenched his fists toward an officer "in an aggressive manner". A pool of blood remained on the pavement as the ambulance departed. "What is shown on the video is disturbing. Shortly thereafter, firefighters came and cleaned up the blood with bleach and water".
The university's president, Drew Faust, called it "profoundly disturbing" in a letter on Monday. "We will be asking questions of ourselves, recognizing that the responsibility rests with the University to establish the conditions of trust necessary for effective campus policing and the delivery and coordination of effective health care". Each incident officers are involved with can have varying degrees of challenges and dynamics, which is why our officers undergo extensive and some of the most progressive training in country, particularly in the areas of Trauma-Informed Training, Crisis Intervention Training, Mental Health Training, and de-escalation techniques.
"Cambridge affirms that Black lives matter, but it must be true in practice as well", Mayor Marc C. McGovern said in a statement Sunday morning.