WELLSTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The FBI has requested the dash cam video of a sergeant with the Woodson Terrace Police Department kicking a suspect in the head who has his hands up.
The incident happened April 14 near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Ogden in North County.
Police say it all started when Eddie Edwards carjacked a woman at gunpoint at the Bridgeton Schnucks. He sped off in her car, police say, and then picked up Isaiah Forman, who eventually got into the driver’s seat and allegedly crashed into a St. Ann police car.
The chase went through five cities and involved more than a dozen officers from four police departments.
The video shows Forman getting out of the car onto the ground with his hands up. An officer is then seen kicking him in the leg and head.
News 4 showed the video to UMSL Criminology Professor and former police officer David Klinger. He said he doesn’t understand why the officer kicked Forman after he surrendered.
“There could some existing circumstance that would explain their behavior, but I would be hard pressed to think of one,” said Klinger. “Officers are trained to stay behind points of cover rather than running up.”
The dash cam footage was recorded on a Velda City squad car, but it is hard to tell from the video which department the officer is from.
News 4 went to Woodson Terrace Police headquarters to show their chief and a sergeant the video. They did not immediately comment, but they said it was a sergeant who works for their department. The department was not able to tell News 4 if the officer is still employed, but they are investigating the incident.
The St. Louis County Prosecutor is also reviewing the video.
Klinger said the way the incident was handled does not make sense.
“He didn’t give the suspect the opportunity to get into a complete surrender posture. Once again, I’m scratching my head, it doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Klinger said.
Both Forman and Edwards are being held in the St. Louis County Jail. Edwards is charged with first-degree robbery and Forman is charged with second-degree assault.