ORLANDO, Fla. – Hours after accused murderer Markeith Loyd cursed at a judge during his first court appearance and accused authorities of beating him, the Orlando Police Department released video showing a law enforcement officer kicking Loyd during his arrest.
Loyd is accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, on Dec. 13 and killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton when she tried to apprehend him at an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9.
Police arrested Loyd on Tuesday night at an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood of Orlando, bringing a massive nine-day manhunt to an end.
About 7 1/2 minutes into the 16-minute helicopter video, Loyd can be seen crawling on his stomach through the yard toward police officers who were surrounding the residence.
When Loyd reaches the law enforcement officers about two minutes later, one of the officers appears to kick Loyd while he’s lying flat on his stomach. The helicopter spotter recording the video then turns the camera away.
The video does not show Loyd’s actions during his arrest. A video edited for length is available above and the full video is available here.
Police Chief John Mina held a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday to address the content of the video and provide