At least eight people were arrested in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Thursday as protests continued for a second straight night following the release of a video that showed police arresting two Black men in a struggle at a gas station Wednesday.
Dozens of people showed up at the Rock Hill Police Department to protest and officials said the arrests occurred over the span of three hours, WSOC-TV of Charlotte, North Carolina, reported.
At one point, officers in riot gear arrived at the scene and assisted with a medical emergency, according to the station.
Police and protesters were captured getting into an altercation just after 7 p.m., according to a video posted on Twitter by Alexandra Elich, a reporter with Charlotte’s WCCB-TV.
In the statement, police said officers were conducting surveillance targeting violent and narcotic dealing offenders when they observed Ricky Price, a “known offender,” driving a black 2017 Mustang. He was stopped by officers after he allegedly made an illegal turn and “changed lanes unlawfully,” the statement said.
Police said Ricky Price allegedly attempted to flee, punched an officer, and had drugs on him. The other man, Travis Price – who later arrived at the scene — allegedly shoved officers and refused to comply. The brothers were arrested.
Video of the incident was released on Wednesday prior to the police statement. It appeared to show an officer punching one of the suspects several times as he and another officer attempt to make an arrest while the suspect is held on the ground.
It has been viewed more than 111,000 times on Facebook and shared to the Rock Hill NAACP and Rock Hill Black Lives Matter chapter pages, the Charlotte Observer reported.
The video’s release drew about 100 people to the Rock Hill Police Department headquarters around 6 p.m. Wednesday night to protest, according to WSOC-TV. A fire was set outside the police station and rioters also threw objects at a police officer, the station reported. Other officers in riot gear arrived at the scene soon afterward, the report said.