SARASOTA, FL. - Four people were arrested after police attempted to control a crowd of 100 on a Newtown street.
At 3 a.m. Sunday, Sarasota Police officers were attempting to control a crowd of approximately 100 people in the 1900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
According to the Sarasota Police Department, numerous members of the crowd were in the street and officers were attempting to get these individuals moved out of the street and to the safety of the sidewalk.
Officers then observed two individuals urinating in full view of the officers and the public. When an officer attempted to contact one of the people who was urinating, Jaymes Smith attempted to run away taking several steps into the crowd. The officer then restrained Smith, but he continued to pull away from the officer. The crowd quickly surrounded the officer.
A report says Jarred Harington grabbed Jaymes in a bear-hug in an effort to prevent the officer from handcuffing Jaymes. Desmond Smith grabbed the officer from behind and attempted to separate the officer from his prisoner. Devontae Williams tried to get between the officer and his prisoner. Williams then punched the officer.
An officer pulled Harrington off of Jaymes and pushed Harington away from the arrest. Harrington then forcefully pushed that officer with both hands. As the second officer attempted to arrest Harrington the crowd closed in on the officer. The officer wrote; I swung my right hand while holding my flashlight to clear the danger in front of me and the tip of the light struck the defendant (Harrington) on the bridge of his nose. Harrington was arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting an Officer with Violence and Resisting Arrest without violence. He was treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital before being transported to the jail.
Desmond Smith and Devontae Williams were arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. Jaymes Smith was arrested for Urinating in Public and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
Chief DiPino and Captain McVay (Commander of the Uniform Services Division) contacted community leaders, Trevor Harvey (NAACP President), Commissioner Shaw, and Commissioner Carolyn Mason to discuss the incident and arrests. They all agreed to work together to strengthen the relationships and trust between the police department and the community.