BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
On Thursday, May 20, officers were called out to the scene of what was supposedly a burglary in progress on 6th Street South. When they arrived, they observed three black males, two of whom were standing in the street near a residence. The other man was identified as Lamar Williams; he was reportedly yelling at someone inside a house through the screen door. The officers approached the men in the street and began to speak with them.
When Williams spotted the police officers, he allegedly began to move toward them, and was told to return to the house until officers had finished speaking with the other gentlemen present. The officers report that Willams refused to do so, and began approaching them in an aggressive manner, instead. After several more warnings on this subject, along with exhortations to calm down, the officer informed Williams that he was now under arrest for Failure to Obey a Police Officer.
When the officer attempted to cuff him, Williams reportedly began to resist violently. He jerked around, kicked his legs, banged his head on the house’s brick steps, and knocked over a ceramic pot, eventually causing himself a minor injury. An ambulance was called to treat the wound on his right knee.
After Willams was subdued, officers spoke to a Mary Ann Taylor, a resident in the house, who told them that she was Lamar’s mother, and that he lived there with her. In the end, Williams was arrested and charged with failure to obey a police officer and resisting arrest.