Panama City, FL (July 23, 2019) – Police claim that a Panama City Police Officer was charged with battery after punching a suspect who was handcuffed with his hands behind his back.
The officer, 40-year-old William Rhodes, was charged with misdemeanor battery in the incident. He was one of several officers who was attempting to arrest a man identified as Antwain Williams.
Williams allegedly attacked others before police showed up and then fought with police. Williams was charged with resisting an officer and wrote on his arrest report that he kicked officers.
When they finally had Williams subdued and handcuffed, Rhodes allegedly struck Williams in the face. The strikes were found to be outside the scope of the lawful arrest.
As the investigation continues, Rhodes is on administrative leave.
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