Citizen groups are calling for an investigation of the death of David Woodman, a 22-year-old Emmanuel College student in Boston. According to friends, Woodman merely made a slightly snide comment to officers and was tackled by eight officers and eventually died from his injuries. The Boston police department is insisting that no excessive force was used against Woodman who was holding only a plastic beer cup.
The arrest for disorderly conduct occurred at 12:47 a.m. According to one of the friends, merely said “Wow, it seems like there’s a lot of crime on this corner.” His friends said that, when they begged them to stop, they were told to clear out or be arrested.
Woodman had a preexisting heart condition, but his friends and family insist that the officers beat him to the point of putting him in a coma. It certainly appears a heavy response to an open container violation.
The Chief of Police is promising an open and transparent investigation.
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