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Harvard law professors represent student punched by police

April 17, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two Harvard Law School professors say they are representing the Harvard undergrad seen in a video being punched several times by one police officer as others subdue him.

Ronald Sullivan Jr. and Dehlia Umunna, the director and deputy director respectively of the law school’s Criminal Justice Institute, said Tuesday that neither they nor their client, 21-year-old Selorm Ohene, intend to talk about the encounter publicly.

They say Ohene continues to recover from injuries.

Cambridge police say they responded Friday night to reports of a naked man on a traffic island. Four officers helped subdue the man, who was charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

The encounter was recorded by a bystander.

Police Commissioner Branville Bard Jr. defended the officers’ actions. Harvard President Drew Faust and Mayor Marc McGovern called the encounter “disturbing.”

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