I don't really have a problem with the first two minutes. The suspect, Walter Harvin, was aggressive and uncooperative. Harvin pushes Officer London at 0:26 and has to go. I turns into a messy arrest, but that's sometimes how it is.
As much as I don't like tasers... tasing this guy sure would have saved both officer and suspect a lot of trouble. Neither mace nor baton worked (though I can't see the mace).
Yet again, this shows the problem with expandable batons. They don't really work. They cause pain but they don't have stopping power. And they sure look bad when in use, wacking people again and again. The unpopular straight baton, which is much more like a small baseball bat, is a much better tool. It's cheaper, too.
But after minute three? After the cuffs are on? You can't give a guy an ass whuppin' because he's yelling, "I'm going to kill you" and you think he deserves it. You can't beat a guy till he shuts up.
We'll see what the jury says.
[And the hits at minute 8, necessary at the time, should never have needed to happen because Harvin should not have been able to get up and charge the officer.]
Here's the story in the Times and the Post.