Did these Virginia Beach officers go too far?

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 01:04:58-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - The Chief of Virginia Beach Police has requested an internal investigation into a Use of Force incident that occurred around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

D'Vondray Terrell McIntyre

D'Vondray Terrell McIntyre

Police say they were alerted to a dispute at the "Sandbar" located in the 2100 block of Atlantic Avenue. When officers arrived, a citizen reported an assault and pointed out the suspect.

Officers encountered the suspect, identified as 27-year-old D'Vondray Terrell McIntyre of Wylie, Texas, and attempted to make contact with him. McIntyre was reportedly uncooperative and assaulted the officer.

A foot pursuit began in which McIntyre reportedly assaulted a second officer before he was stopped in front of "Club Lunasea." Police say McIntyre continued to resist officers and refused to comply with their commands.

McIntyre was ultimately taken into custody and charged with two counts of Assault of a Police Officer, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Justice.

A video that reportedly shows the arrest has appeared on Twitter.

Now Virginia Beach Police say there are two videos circulating on social media. In the second video, the suspect can be seen running after police tried to Tase him.

A witness says police caught up with him a few minutes later about two blocks away. He was then taken into custody and that's when the encounter happened.

There is no footage of the initial alleged assault, which is why police responded to the scene.

We spoke to the manager of the bar and he says that McIntyre had become a problem outside of the bar and became physical with the bouncer. He says McIntyre even took a swing at the worker.

When police arrived, the bouncer told them that McIntyre had assaulted him. In a statement, police say McIntyre was uncooperative and he assaulted an officer.

Chief Jim Cervera is aware of the incident and has requested an internal investigation into the Use of Force that occurred during the arrest. The department will evaluate whether the tactics used by officers were consistent with Department Policy.

Partial statement from VBPD:

The department takes all Use of Force incidents seriously and each is scrutinized for its appropriateness.

Chief Cervera is aware of the incident and has requested an internal investigation into the Use of Force during this occurrence. The department will evaluate the tactics used by the officers to determine if the Use of Force utilized is consistent with Department Policy, as well as re-evaluate its Use of Force Tactics.