GRAPHIC VIDEO: Man whose face was slammed into windshield by police files lawsuit

LORAIN, Ohio (WFLA) – A civil rights lawsuit is filed against a city and several police officers in Ohio after a man arrested for jaywalking claims his head was smashed into a windshield by officers.

The dash cam video from September 2014 shared by WKYC shows Lorain Police officers walking Pele Smith to the police cruiser. Smith can be seen talking to the officers when suddenly his face gets slammed into the windshield, shattering the glass.

Police officers were investigating a drug complaint in the neighborhood when they arrested Smith for jaywalking.

Smith filed a civil rights  lawsuit last month against the city and several police officers.

He also alleged that the officers were taunting him while he was bleeding in the back of the car.

Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera said in a statement released this week that the video “could be misunderstood.” The chief urged people not to rush to judgment and called Smith a ‘violent drug trafficker saying that the officers put him on the hood to “gain control and conduct a search.”

Smith was charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

WKYC found that Smith had no felony convictions for violent crimes, but has a record for drug offenses and firearm possession.

“He didn’t kick, he didn’t spit, he didn’t do anything to deserve that,” Nina Turner, Former Ohio State Senator told WKYC. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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