ATLANTIC CITY — A man under the influence of narcotics was arrested after assaulting an officer and emergency medical technician attempting to help, according to a news release from police.
On Friday, Officers Ryan Kov and Bryan O’Neill went to Michigan and Pacific Avenues where Jalal Whitted, 33, of Atlantic City, had appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, according to a 911 caller, police said in the release.
Whitted was disoriented and sitting in the middle of the roadway before moving to the sidewalk, according to the caller.
Officers located Whitted, who began to scream and growl at them, according to the news release. Officers tried to calm Whitted but Whitted did not want police or medical assistance and began to walk away from the officers.
When officers tried to stop him, Whitted grabbed Officer O’Neill and pushed him back. Officer Kov freed his partner from Whitted, who then refused to be handcuffed and resisted arrest, police said.
Other officers had to get involved to handcuff Whitted. EMTs had arrived and tried to put Whitted on a stretcher, but Whitted grabbed the shirt of an EMT and refused to let go, the release said. He was removed but not before tearing the EMT’s uniform.
Whitted was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, to be treated for being under the influence of narcotics, police said in the release. Officer O’Neill was also transported to the medical center to be treated for an injury sustained during the arrest. Both were later released.
Whitted was charged with aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released on summons with a future court date.
In 2015, Whitted was involved in a $50,000 lawsuit settlement with the city of Pleasantville over allegations of excessive force by multiple police officers and a police dog in 2011.