Clarksville, IN - New police body camera video shows a violent arrest in Clarksville and helped lead to an acquittal.
Ghassan Yaldo, known as Jimmy Yaldo, was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence because police said he was trying to back down Auburn Avenue at 3:55 a.m. Yaldo is the owner of the America's Best Inn in Clarksville and the Economy Inn in Louisville.
Body camera video, taken from a police officer, showed the officer ask Yaldo if he had been drinking and Yaldo said he had two drinks.
In the police report, the officer said, “I could smell a strong odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage.”
“He had a couple of beers over a long period of time so he wasn't under the influence,” Mort Meisner, a spokesperson for the family, said.
The report states Yaldo failed several of the sobriety tests and eventually blew a .106 in a breathalyzer.
That’s when police tried to arrest Yaldo and things got violent.
"It was chilling,” Meisner said of the body camera video. “What they did to him was over the top, over the line."
Bart Adams, a local defense attorney, said there would not have been any violence if Yaldo had obeyed.
"If you trust them with respect, they will treat you with respect,” Adams said. “If you don't treat them with respect, then you're liable to get hurt.”
Adams said people have started to ignore officers more and more.
"I don't think the police officers were over-zealous at all,” Adams said. “What I think is happening is you're seeing a general public that thinks they don't have to listen to the police officers or obey their orders."
A jury disagreed when the case went to trial in October and decided the police were too aggressive, including their language, which included shouting profanity.
"It just showed he [the officer] had malice and anger and he wanted to be in control,” Meisner said. “We hope certainly he's held accountable."
Adams agreed the language was out of place and for non-violence offenses like drunk driving, police should strictly follow procedures.
“They did what they were supposed to do up until the time that he started resisting and when he started resisting,” Adams said. “That's when it all broke loose.”
The report said two officers hurt their hands and elbows and Yaldo had a cut on his forehead.
Meisner said the family is weighing all of its options, including a lawsuit.