Suspect takedown under investigation

- A police officer is under investigation in Sanford after taking down a suspect while he was cuffed. 

The Sanford Police Chief says he learned about what happened when a city employee showed him a video on social media .That video is now part of an internal investigation into use of force.

It’s a video Sabrina Johnson says is hard for her to watch.

“Every time I look at it, it just brings tears to my eyes,” said Johnson. 

It’s a moment when her nephew, Morrell Byrd, is taken down by a Sanford police officer at The Barn early Monday morning after he’s already been handcuffed. 

“The way he ran up and he didn't just sling him down, he slammed him down,” said Johnson.

According to a police report, officers approached Byrd while he was on a table, messing with The Barn’s air conditioning unit. The report says he cursed at an officer and pushed his hands away, refusing to get down. According to the report, Byrd’s cousin got involved and both of them tried to fight off officers.

But the moment after Byrd was already cuffed has officer Adam Johnson on administrative leave, under investigation for use of force.

“It was a little concerning to me as well. We want to make sure that there is no issues with regards to what the officer did,” said Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith.

Byrd and his cousin are both out of jail and recovering from injuries. The family believes this was a targeted attack.

“It needs to take him off the force bc he don't have no remorse for anybody.”

Both men were charged with resisting an officer and battery of an officer.

Chief Smith is asking for more cell phone video from those who were at The Barn Sunday into Monday.
 

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