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Rally planned after Elyria police officer caught on camera smashing man's head into cement

A Change.org petition has been started and a rally is planned for Friday afternoon.

ELYRIA, Ohio — After a domestic call turned violent Tuesday afternoon, an officer with the Elyria Police Department is on paid leave today, and the community is coming together in outrage. 

Video taken by a bystander shows the unnamed officer smashing 18-year-old Markese White's head into the cement driveway. Police tell 3News that they were called to the address on Melvyn Lane after White's sister made allegations against him, and that White became combative, resulting in the use of force. 

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Since the incident, several community members have organized outreach that looks to the Elyria Police Department for transparency regarding the incident. 

"After seeing the events that transpired today I know their are plenty of people who will stand up and stand with us to demand a change and demand justice for the this young man of whom was a victim of police brutality. We must stand together as a community to demand a change," says a description for a rally to be held on Friday outside of the police department.  "We must do it peacefully but our voices must be heard!!!!!!!!!! If you will stand with us please join us Friday outside EPD. bring signs , loud speakers, and most of all bring your voice. The more people who come together on this the more we will be heard. Please Stand With Us!!!!!"

A Change.org petition has been started, as well, and has garnered nearly 500 signatures, calling for the Elyria Police Department to purchase body cameras. 

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Court records obtained by 3News show White was eventually taken to the Lorain County Jail on multiple charges, including felonious assault, domestic violence, and resisting arrest. 

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitley said in a press release Wednesday that he has requested the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office investigate the incident.

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This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 


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