NEW CASTLE, Pa. – A New Castle police officer remains on administrative leave this week after a viral video prompted an internal investigation. The video shows officers trying to detain a man, and it was shared on Facebook tens of thousands of times.
Police say the video was edited– and does not show the entire incident. However, you can see Officer Ron Williams hitting Perry Lawry’s head on a floor several times The incident happened inside an East Washington Street house on April 23. The New Castle Police Department posted a response to the video on its Facebook page on April 24.
The NCPD incident report indicates the intoxicated male attempted to run towards a knife lying on the kitchen counter, causing the first officer on scene to begin struggling with the male.
A second NCPD officer arrived on scene and attempted to subdue the male through the use of a taser three times without success.
The video appears to show the second officer subdued the intoxicated male through force. The male was then handcuffed and transported to UPMC Jameson Hospital, where he was treated for cuts to the head.
According to police, Lawry faces charges of simple assault, harassment, and resisting arrest.