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Man whose arrest by Euclid officer went viral says he 'did not resist arrest'

Posted at 11:40 AM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2019-09-10 14:26:45-04

The man whose arrest by a Euclid officer went viral on Facebookappeared in Euclid Municipal Court Thursday morning on charges of driving under suspension and resisting arrest by an officer.

On Wednesday, Robert Hubbard III's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges relating to the arrest. The judge did not rule on that motion Thursday. 

He pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest.

"As of right now, I'm hurt and afraid. I did not resist arrest. I stay out of trouble and never thought this would happen to me. When the officer told me to get out of the car, I got out of the car. Stepping toward me, he told me to face away, I didn't know what that meant at the time but I turned around immediately. When I turned around, I was attacked. I did not resist arrest," Hubbard said during a press conference with his attorney. 

Hubbard, 25, was arrested during a traffic stop on Saturday, August 12. During the stop, officers ordered Hubbard out of the car and attempted to take him into custody. Police said Hubbard ignored the commands to turn away from the officers before a struggle ensued.

Officer Michael Amiott, who was filmed punching Hubbard, has been suspended without pay for 15 days.

Watch the full press conference with Hubbard and his attorney in the media player above.

The judge set a pretrial date for Sept. 21.

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