Arrest in Harrington causes social media stir

HARRINGTON – An arrest early Sunday morning caused a flurry of comments on social media after an officer was seen on video punching a Maryland man while arresting him.

Officers from the Harrington Police Department arrested 42-year-old Jermaine L. Newcomb of Hurlock after they were called to the Harrington Raceway and Casino at approximately 12:39 a.m. Feb. 25, according to Captain Kenny Brode.

A press release from the department said Newcomb was speaking to officers when they attempted to place him into handcuffs. Newcomb refused to follow officers’ commands to put his hands behind his back and resisted arrest.

A Harrington Police K9 was deployed during the event and can be seen with officers while they took Newcomb into custody. The press release continues to state that he was placed in handcuffs after a brief struggle.

The video shows the arrest in progress, including a bite to Newcomb’s leg from the K9 officer and three punches to his head from the arresting officer.

The press release states that Newcomb was treated on scene by EMS for the dog bit to his lower leg and refused additional treatment at the hospital. Newcomb was transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing and was issued a criminal summons for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

He was released pending a future court appearance.

The Harrington Police Department is currently investigating the incident.  There will be no further comments by the police department at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

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