Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flight

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Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flight
Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flight

A man can be seen being pinned down by police officers after an airport altercation got out of control.

Waitress Brenda Garrison, 38, from Cleveland, Ohio, and digital marketer Beken Lominy, 25, from Delray Beach, Florida, captured shocking video footage of four police officers tackling a man to the ground and handcuffing him after an airline dispute escalated.

The incident took place on June 27, 2023, at Orlando MCO International Airport at the Spirit Airlines check-in desk for departures to Cleveland after passengers were told their flight had been cancelled.

Brenda was with her two children coming back from a trip to Disney World when she met fellow traveller and now friend Beken at the airport, when Beken captured footage of the man being tackled to the ground after he was trying to resolve the issue of their flight at the check-in desk.

According to witnesses, the man touched the keyboard at the desk until a police officer moved his arm and pushed the man, after which the altercation ensued.

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Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flightEdward Hariston, 41, was later charged with attempted murder (mediadrumimages/Beken Lominy)
Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flightHariston at the airport desk before the brawl (mediadrumimages/Beken Lominy)

Video shows how the man was tackled to the ground by multiple officers and handcuffed, with officers pinning him forcefully and sitting on him, with the man allegedly suffering injury and having to be taken away by a stretcher to receive medical attention.

According to Brenda, the incident began because the man, alongside the other passengers on the Spirit Airline flight 530 from Orlando to Cleveland, including Brenda and Beken, were all removed from the plane twice before the flight was cancelled.

Passengers were upset at how the airline handled the cancellation, so many were captured shouting and expressing their anger at the situation to police officers and airline staff who were at the ticket counter.

Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flightThe man was pinned to the ground by police officers (mediadrumimages/Beken Lominy)
Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flightHe attempted to fight back (mediadrumimages/Beken Lominy)

The incident escalated with the man getting pinned down by four police officers after a three-minute altercation.

“Everyone that was at the ticket counter from our flight, which was flight 530, from Orlando to Cleveland, was very upset because we were on and off that plane for a total of four-to-five hours,” she said.

“After they decided to deplane us again, they cancelled the flight completely. Everyone was upset and the staff members weren’t trying to help any of us with anything.”

The man seen in the video being restrained by police, Edward Hariston, 41, was later charged with attempted murder.

The Orlando Police Department report confirms officers were called to the Spirit Ticket Counter at 9.31pm due to complaints of the crowd becoming aggressive with the Spirit Airline staff, which escalated to the physical altercation of the police officer and the man in question.

Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flightThe incident continued to escalate (mediadrumimages/Beken Lominy)
Man pinned down by four police officers after brawl over cancelled flightFour police officers were trying to restrain the man (mediadrumimages/Beken Lominy)

“I grabbed Hariston’s arm in order to remove his hand from behind the employee counter and to prevent him from causing damage to their property,” said the officer in the police affidavit.

“Hariston then grabbed onto my arm and I pushed him in the chest with my free hand in order to create distance between us. Hariston was becoming increasingly agitated and began to tense up in an aggressive stance towards me. Hariston then grabbed both of my hands, with each of his hands, lowered his body, and began pushing me backwards.

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“We both fell onto the ground and Hariston put one of his arms around my neck in a chokehold and began to squeeze, restricting my airway, making it unable for me to breathe. I began to get dizzy and immediately spotty as my airflow was restricted and I was beginning to lose consciousness.

“I attempted to break his arm free from my neck but I was unable to do so initially due to my semi-unconscious state. As other officers arrived on scene to assist, I was able to break free of his grip, spun my body around, and laid on his back in order to assist with placing him into handcuffs.”

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