Local Boxer Claims Police Assaulted Him

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PARMA, Ohio -- Newly released surveillance video shows a local boxer being roughed up by police.

The incident took place back in April at the Parma Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

According to the attorney for Miguel Gonzalez, 27, the Cleveland boxer known as "Silky Smooth" was trying to renew his license when he was arrested for an outstanding warrant related to a probation violation.

Parma Police would not comment on this case, citing a pending investigation, only to say Gonzalez kicked and spit on one of the officers.

Family members of Miguel Gonzalez maintain his innocence.

His older brother said the surveillance video clearly shows police using excessive force on a man who was placed in handcuffs.

"When you have to use so much excessive force when you have a person apprehended, it was unnecessary," said Gonzalez's older brother, Hector Serrano.

Just before he was restrained, the video shows the other officer grabbing Gonzalez and twisting his arm before wrestling him to the ground.

A spokesman for the department said the officers did not receive disciplinary action because "they did nothing wrong."

Since his arrest, Gonzalez has remained locked up in Cuyahoga County Jail.

Facing several charges, including assaulting a police officer, his family is upset that his boxing career has been put on hold.

"He fights blood and sweat in the ring to put Cleveland on the map," said Serrano. "He has a bright future. He's looking to be world champion. We just want him out so that way he can pursue his career," said Serrano.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be in court later this month for a pre-trial hearing.

His attorney expects this case to go to trial sometime in July.