A startling video depicting a confrontation between police and partygoers has gone viral on social media, but a closer look reveals a more complex story behind the clip.
According to reports from WJAR-TV, an incident occurred when a member of a wedding party, David Onik, was denied entry to a bar in Newport, Rhode Island, in the early hours of a Sunday morning.
A Brawl at a Wedding
This led to an altercation in which he assaulted a staff member, sparking a chaotic brawl involving multiple wedding guests and law enforcement.
She Was Kicking a Police Officer
In the video capturing the incident, a woman in an orange dress can be seen kicking a police officer in the groin, prompting the officer to defend himself.
The Cop Throws the Woman to the Ground
Shortly afterward, another scuffle results in a different police officer throwing a woman to the ground, rendering her unconscious.
Allegations of Police Brutality Emerged
Rachel Onik, who happens to be David Onik’s wife, was the woman in question. The incident gave rise to accusations of police brutality.
However, an alternative angle from surveillance footage provides a more complete perspective.
The New Angle Tells a Different Story
In the additional video footage, Rachel Onik appears to be reaching for the police officer’s firearm.
The Officer Was Protecting Himself
Fearing for his safety with a potentially hostile and possibly intoxicated woman attempting to access his weapon, the officer takes action to protect himself.
They Confirmed She Tried to Take the Firearm
Police authorities confirmed that Rachel Onik had indeed attempted to seize the officer’s firearm.
She’s Facing Multiple Charges
According to NECN, Rachel Onik is facing multiple charges, including two counts of simple assault, one count of resisting arrest, one count of obstructing an officer, and one count of disorderly conduct.
Five Others Are Being Charged
Five other individuals involved in the altercation, including David Onik and Alexandra Flaherty, have also been charged.
Everyone Was Very Drunk
Intoxication likely played a role in their poor decision-making.
A Complete Disregard for Law and Order
The ensuing chaos and legal consequences were a direct result of their actions and their disregard for law and order.
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