The Cincinnati Police Department released the body cam footage of the Cheapside Cafe incident on their Facebook page. The also issued the following statement with the video:
Recently a viral social media post has come to our attention about our officers interaction with a person in a restaurant in Downtown Cincinnati.
In the spirit of transparency we are releasing this body-cam footage of our officers interaction with this citizen to help provide the proper context of this situation.
This is a reminder that things are not always as they appear or as described in social media posts.
We would like to recognize the professional conduct of our officers and the patience they demonstrated in this situation.