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Man involved in Muncie viral arrest video formally charged

Man involved in Muncie viral arrest video formally charged
Posted at 11:39 AM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 11:39:47-04

MUNCIE, Ind. -- The man at the center of a viral arrest video from Muncie, Indiana has been formally charged. 

Joshua Douglas was formally charged with possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug and resisting law enforcement.

Douglas, 36, was arrested in Muncie in April. During the arrest, he was forced to the ground by four Muncie Police Department officers, then hit multiple times by an officer. A video of the arrest has more than 54,000 shares and 2.1 million views, as of Monday morning.

The officers were criticized for their use of force.

Despite the criticism, Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle said the arrest was handled appropriately. He said the suspect led police on a foot chase and throwing a bag of alleged crystal meth away. The officers were trying to handcuff the suspect, but he had his hands under his body, Winkle said.

Winkle called it a "textbook" arrest and that the officer was punching Douglas in the shoulder, which is procedure, not in the neck or face.

At the time, He was arrested on preliminary charges of: 

  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug
  • Dealing In Methamphetamine

Hs jury trial set for July 30 at 9 a.m. 

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