Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass.
WORCESTER — Police say two brothers placed in custody outside an adult club early Sunday punched and kicked at officers and tried to grab an officer’s duty belt, leading officers to strike the men in the face.
A video that appears to show six Worcester police officers struggling with the men on the ground was posted to Facebook on Sunday. The video appears to have been posted by a woman who was at the scene.
Police say they arrested Mitchell Lugo, 23, of Spencer, and his brother, Zachary Lugo, 27, of Rutland about 1:50 a.m. Sunday outside the Riviera Show Club at 241 Southbridge St. Police said the brothers had been involved in a fight outside the club and had become combative with officers.
Mitchell Lugo was charged with trespass, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, civil rights violation, and assault and battery on a police officer. Zachary Lugo was charged with trespass, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, attempt to disarm a police officer, and assault and battery on a police officer.
The Lugo brothers were released on bail and are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in Central District Court.
Worcester police issued a news release Monday that gave details of the case, which initially involved an officer on a detail at the club. Police said the brothers had been causing problems throughout the night. An officer had a confrontation with Mitchell Lugo.
“The officer was standing up and struggling with Mitchell, who had his arm hooked around the officer’s head,” the release states. “The officer was able to take Mitchell to the ground, and Mitchell tried to grab the officer by the neck, which the officer countered with punches.
“At this point, other officers arrived and attempted to place Zachary under arrest. He fought with officers and was eventually taken down to the ground, right next to Mitchell. At this point, both brothers were actively fighting and there were still only two officers on the scene. An officer was able to place one handcuff on Mitchell, who continued fighting with his other hand.
“As both brothers were on the ground, more officers arrived. At this point, while on the ground, Zachary punched one of the officers and tried to grab his duty belt. In an attempt to stop the assault and protect his gear, the officer delivered a closed-fist strike to Zachary’s face.
“An arriving officer was running up to the scene and saw Zachary’s attempt to grab an officer’s belt, and delivered multiple quick strikes to Zachary’s face. Officers continued to arrive and were eventually able to place both men in handcuffs.”
Police said both men continued trying to kick police after being placed in handcuffs, shouted racial slurs at an Asian-American officer and said they knew people who would kill the officer’s family.
Police Chief Steven M. Sargent, in a prepared statement, said: “When we consider these investigations, we gather as much information and as many facts as possible. Our members of the Bureau of Professional Standards then review the circumstances, level and the degree to which force was used.
“The initial review indicates that the use of force falls within the parameters of policy and training standards under the circumstances. A full investigation is being conducted.”
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