Kareem Hunt was not charged despite woman’s request

AP

Authorities in Cleveland did not charge Kareem Hunt in February even though video that became public on Friday clearly showed him attacking a woman, and even though the woman told the police she wanted to press charges.

Video obtained by TMZ shows the woman, crying after the attack, telling three Cleveland police officers that she wants to press charges. TMZ also reports that the hotel where the incident took place provided the video to investigators, yet prosecutors declined to charge Hunt.

Cleveland police did talk to Hunt on the night in question. Police have not explained why they did not arrest Hunt, despite the presence of video showing him attacking a woman, and that woman telling the police she wanted to press charges. The woman is shown on police bodycam video asking the officers to look at the hotel’s security footage and see for themselves. Police told her they would need a court order to do that.

In the video published by TMZ, none of the three Cleveland police officers seem particularly concerned that a crying woman is explaining that an extremely strong man just attacked her. People wondering why victims of this type of violence often don’t go to the police should watch the video to get an idea of why so many victims do not believe the police will help them.

71 responses to “Kareem Hunt was not charged despite woman’s request

  1. I’m not sure what the situation was with the police officers in this video but do not forget that there are tens of thousands of great police officers that risk their lives everyday to help and protect our communities.

  2. It’s actually the prosecutors who didn’t press charges. They should be fired and possibly charged. This was not just a bad-judgment call on their part; it was a criminal breach of their legal responsibilities to the public.

  3. Well, he can run fast so there was really no need to arrest him. This whole league needs a reality check.

  4. “Police have not explained why they did not arrest Hunt, despite the presence of video showing him attacking a woman, and that woman telling the police she wanted to press charges. The woman is shown on police bodycam video asking the officers to look at the hotel’s security footage and see for themselves. Police told her they would need a court order to do that.“

    I think that last part explains why they didn’t arrest him right then and there. But it doesn’t explain why they didn’t do it later.

  5. I am not advocating for Hunt!

    However, watching the video, it’s not like she was fleeing for her life. She was clearly antagonizing the situation. Had it been two women they would have called it mutual combat. She wasn’t walking away and he chased her, she kept coming at him.

    But hey, now she gets to play the innocent victim in the public eye.

  6. Hunt is a star.

    Different rules apply to stars.

    Take this famous star, for instance.

    ” … when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,”

    The police were helpless.

  7. Woman was outside his room raising heck. Woman knew security camera was right there. Woman clearly is aggressive with Hunt, who asked her to leave. Afterwards she runs to Cops and demands they look at video.
    Something just doesnt sound right. Why were the police ignoring her? Has she done something like this before and is known? How come nobody is looking into just who this female is and why was she there???

  8. Since when do the police press charges? I am pretty sure that is the DA’s office.
    Do NOT jump all over the police for this.
    Blame both Kareem Hunt and the prosecuting attorneys.
    I’m 100% sure that Hunt’s agent and a lawyer from the NFLPA stepped in to “influence” the prosecution.

  9. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. I heard she used the n word. Doesn’t that allow for any response the “victim” seems justified? It is after all the worst possible crime against humanity. No, you’re right. That never made sense to me either.

  10. What I saw on the video was not a felony. Certainly in bad
    taste and a couple game suspension. Someone will scoop up
    Kareem (Pats?) as soon as the dust settles.

  11. #sweptundertherug #everythingyoudocomesbacktoyou. Hunt probably won’t be Ray Riced, but his earnings potential will take a huge hit. As it should. Shame on the police for turning a blind eye.

  12. this tape, while damning in its illustration of wanton violence, is incredibly one-sided;

    though his behaviour is unconscionable, it is evident that Hill and others are in some measure impaired, probably chemically;

    further, violence of this scope is usually preceded by some provocative act, either real or imagined—people simply don’t lash out at each other for no reason, right or wrong, criminal or otherwise;

    we see no evidence of that, which makes this tape suspect for what it doesn’t show, or perhaps edited so as not to;

    again, this is not to excuse one iota of Hunt’s criminal behaviour or to say the victims had it coming for the way they dressed—but please remember Ray Rice was almost in the clear until the rest of the tape showed up revealing why he was dragging his then girlfriend’s violently concussed body out of the elevator;

    one can rightfully blame local police officers for badly mismanaging the whole thing (and cleveland have a particularly tawdry history of corruption and racism that would rival any real city) but police officers don’t make policies they’re allowed to get away with..that comes from much higher up the blue wall, as we have seen all too painfully often;

    are we seeing the whole tape. (with TMZ’s past behaviour, it seems highly unlikely)

    was there CRIMINAL provocation on the part of other parties that might change the scenario of who is victim and who is victimiser beyond what we have currently seen?

    it is not totally implausible the Chiefs (and therefore, the NFL) knew all about these details back in February from parties who were there and/or had seen the FULL video, but decided to get all the mileage out of a great young player in the Cinderella team of the year before they had to face the music, knowing all along they’d cut and run in an exactly pre-planned manner;

    one only has to look at the handling of the Ray Rice case;

    wonder how many more ‘unseen’ videos are out there…

  13. “People wondering why victims of this type of violence often don’t go to the police should watch the video to get an idea of why so many victims do not believe the police will help them.”
    ==============================

    Most victims don’t INITIATE the violence first. This 19 year old woman attacked Hunt’s female friend in the hallway and then Hunt attacked her. The police probably accepted his story that he was trying to protect his female friend, so no charges were laid on BOTH.

  14. The pendulum has swung the other way for the Cleveland PD. For officers once using over aggressive tactics (Tamir Rice, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, etc. look it up) they now failed to help a crying victim. Civic leaders have addressed the bad rap CPD had and now policing is community involved. But how do you handle an entitled athlete? It is a shame because CPD has many great officers.

  15. Maybe it’s just that the angle of the camera is not great but all I see is a BUNCH OF PEOPLE pushing and shoving each other.
    Did I see it wrong? I thought the woman approached and attempted to shove Hunt several times?
    Now he DID shove her down and kick her (really not much of a kick and didn’t make much contact) but I guess I don’t see where this is that he “attacked” her.
    It looks lime more of a melee/fight to me.
    IDK, maybe I’m just not seeing the video clearly…

  16. If this was another man would this still ba a problem? The woman could have walked away, yet she kept going after him. you can plainly she her hit him and shove another man in the video. She clearly wasn’t afraid of him. He was clearly pissed yet no-one had the sense to walk away.

    I don’t get all the outrage over the kick, he barely touched her, he didn’t boot a defenseless woman in the head or ribs.

    i would love to hear audio on the tape to see what was being said,what truly caused all of this.

  17. OK do…the cops are right. They don’t HAVE to show them the video any more than they can come into my house and start looking around with a warrant. HOWEVER, they can ASK to see the video without one, especially when there is suspicion of a commission of a felony. And they should have. Period.

    And no it isn’t the DA that is at fault here. It was never presented to the DA. People get arrested for a lot less. That was the responsibility of those officers. Shame on them.

  18. Hunt handled this wrong and deserves what he gets, but she did have every opportunity to walk away when asked to leave HIS hotel room.

  19. Having watched this a few times now, the women was charging at him consistently. The only thing he did was kick her. He also pushed another guy, which knocked her down, who was charging at him. If you’re an athlete do you let some stranger come at you and potentially injure you. HE should have backed off, and now he’s going to pay the price for it. Everyone makes mistakes. He should get a second chance and only once. We live in a disposable culture, where you’re live is over without a second chance. Why was the woman constantly charging at him? I missed that part, maybe it was justified. She should have just called the police like most people would have.

  20. I’d like to hear the whole story. Hitting women is despicable but it appears she may be contributing to the situation. If she hit him first shouldn’t she be charged also.

  21. It’s not the victims that decides if charges are pressed, it’s the district/county/city attorney that makes that decision if they can charge and convict the person without a reasonable doubt standard. Police officers can only go off at the moment on what they have at the time. It’s like if you got five other people saying one thing and one drunk person saying another. Who are you are more likely to believe or give more credibly at the moment? Also, no access to video at the time either. Thus why Hunt was likely not arrest at the scene. An Investigator could likely have followed up on the initial report and obtained the video later, but ultimately it comes down to if the prosecutor believes they have enough to charge the person and get a conviction.

    What Hunt did was despicable and was correctly cut by the Chiefs, but remember there’s a process law enforcement has to follow. Otherwise, there would be a lot of innocent people being jailed because they were being accused of a crime. It’s not a perfect process, but it’s the best you can anywhere in the world.

  22. She asked the police to charge Kareem for stealing her SIM card. I bet you she had pictures drug use. Why else would Kareem and his crew steal her SIM card?

  23. asj823 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 6:16 am

    I’m not sure what the situation was with the police officers in this video but do not forget that there are tens of thousands of great police officers that risk their lives everyday to help and protect our communities.

    *************************

    Of course there are tens of thousands.of good police officers. Maybe the ones working this complaint weren’t among them. Good police officers would want that investigated.

  24. Am I to believe that the league and the team didn’t see this video back in Feb? I was born at night. I wasn’t born last night. They hid behind the fact that he wasn’t charged with a crime. Time for Goodell to add TMZ full time to the NFL’s investigatory staff.

  25. There are always two sides to every story, and the truth is usually in the middle. But, this guy is on film attacking somebody. He’s either retaliating (and on the field of play, it’s the retaliator that always gets caught,) or instigating. It doesn’t matter. He’s busted. It also shouldn’t matter if it were a woman or a man he’s smacking and kicking. He should be busted, and maybe her too. If they attacked each other, they should both be charged. The entire burden shouldn’t be only on the largest and strongest person involved, …….if that’s the case.

  26. He wasn’t charged because he didn’t commit a crime. All I saw on the video was pushing and shoving. He did not hit her and he did not kick her. He nudged her over with his foot! This was a rash, stupid decision by the Chiefs.

  27. As reported by NBC26.com, your sister station:

    “Hunt discovered that two of the women were only about 19 years old, the report stated. The women were then asked to leave. The woman started yelling at Hunt and made some derogatory remarks to him, calling him the “N-word.”

    Security was called, and the 19-year-olds were escorted to the elevator. The report says the woman who was beating on the door returned to the hallway where Hunt’s room was located. She continued to yell and hit the door.

    Hunt asked another female to go out in the hall and talk with the irate woman to try and get her to leave. When the female went out in the hall to talk with the other woman, a fight broke out between the two.”

  28. Go watch the video. He gave that girl a concussion! If she were wearing a helmet, should be in the protocol. You can see her wobble and shake her head like Alvin kamara did last Thursday.

  29. What all you victim blaming people are overlooking one important detail, Hunt had every opportunity to walk away but chose to escalate the situation numerous times . Bottom line he was stupid and is now paying the price .

  30. If you focus solely on what Hunt did, the most he would be charged with is Misdemeanor assault and Disorderly conduct. They weren’t romantically involved in anyway and they’re not family so it’s not a case of Domestic Assault. The victim initiated the altercation and “assaulted” Hunt first so she would have been charged with assault too. Hunt shoved a man who fell into the woman and knocked her down. Hunts fault, but he didn’t shove her to the ground. She was on her feet and had ample opportunity to leave but she stuck around. She stumbled and fell and he kicked her. The kick wasn’t hard enough to cause injury or even hard enough to get her to leave the area of his hotel room. She wasn’t afraid for her safety, she wasn’t injured and she instigated the whole thing. Plus she actually had no business being in the hotel in the first place. You can’t charge one of them without charging the other. The Law is equally applied regardless of gender

  31. Police won’t do anything. I had a loved one that was a victim of DV, despite that person calling the police right after being assaulted , despite having bruises, the police never made arrest. Their reason? If it’s not on camera, or eyewitness, how can they prove that person committed the assault.

  32. I like how everyone seems to be fine with the fact she was drunk and yelling the N-word outside his hotel room for quite some time. She was even given money to get an uber and still refused to leave and continued to drunkenly yell racist remarks outside his room.

    Sure what he did was wrong, but it also seems that the court of public opinion is completely ignoring this womans reprehensible behavior.

  33. The last half of the video is the most damning. Hunt is apparently leaving the area, looks like the situation is mostly over, then out if nowhere he flies out hits the guy in the back and slams him into the girl. The man he hit in the back should also press charges. There is nothing, and I mean, nothing he can say that makes him look like what he did was his best and only option. If his best argument is she called him the N word, he must stay in fights all the time because I hear people if color calling each other that all the time. He could have gone back to his room, closed the door and called the police/security whatever. No excuses for her either, since she wanted the video looked at, drunk and disorderly at the least.

  34. Nashers Mullet says:
    December 1, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I like how everyone seems to be fine with the fact she was drunk and yelling the N-word outside his hotel room for quite some time. She was even given money to get an uber and still refused to leave and continued to drunkenly yell racist remarks outside his room.

    Sure what he did was wrong, but it also seems that the court of public opinion is completely ignoring this womans reprehensible behavior.
    ——————————————

    Where EXACTLY did you hear/read this?

    He DID take her phone, and remove the SIM card.

    She certainly WASN’T drunk in the Police interview- they ran her license, gave it back to her and let her drive away.

  35. She should have been arrested also. As the video clearly shows her striking Hunt in the face. There’s more than 1 victim here.

  36. The prosecutors do the charging not the police. The police only separate the combatants, take statements and collect evidence for the prosecutor. Most DV prosecutors are women. So, if she did not charge him there is a good reason. That information will be kept from the public. Meanwhile, Kareem Hunt is pilloried.

  37. Goodell and the NFL was willing to pony up more than $500m to help Spanos fund a new stadium in San Diego. They are filthy rich in profits. Now is the time for a court room to take a huge chunk of those profits that NFL would rather use to further their own agenda and profits, and make them pay millions in fines that go towards assaulted women programs, higher learning in college and pro sports on off field behaviors of athletes, and then create a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence. They continue to enable these athletes to behave like malcontents because there aren’t enough rules and policies to put a stop to it.

  38. Another big problem wee see all the time action by one person and the complete family of the victim chanting justice. Here is another time where athletics are look at as saints when in reality complete opposite. No accountability self entitled self important NFL player. The owners, coaches league office and police let these actions go by.

  39. Stop blaming the girl or TMZ Chief fans. Blame Hunt for being terrified for his safety against a 19 year old, 100 pound, unarmed girl, and being dumb enough to think no way to handle the situation except for him to keep charging at her.

  40. “The woman is shown on police bodycam video asking the officers to look at the hotel’s security footage and see for themselves. Police told her they would need a court order to do that.”

    That’s absolutely not true that a court order is needed. The hotel is free to show them the video if they want to.

    I know this because the company I manage was working at a conference in a hotel and my employees were accused of breaking into a locked cooler to steal ice cream. The head of security then sat down with my lead technician and in watching the hallway video together they figured out it was an employee from a different company that had done it.

    This is totally within the hotel’s discretion and if the cops had asked they most likely would have cooperated. They only need a court order if the hotel says no and usually the venues are cooperative in situations like this.

  41. “I like how everyone seems to be fine with the fact she was drunk and yelling the N-word outside his hotel room for quite some time. She was even given money to get an uber and still refused to leave and continued to drunkenly yell racist remarks outside his room.”

    If that was truly the case there is a very very simple solution. You call hotel security, explain what this person is doing outside your room, and they will come remove that individual from the hotel without you getting involved. Its what any normal person would have done.

  42. I don’t know what the actual laws about assault in Cleveland are but, after watching the video, if this took place in MN, Hunt would not have been here charged either. As the video actually shows, a mutual assault is taking place, and there for the prosecutors would be required to file assault charges on the young lady as well as Hunt. That’s likely the REAL reason no charges were filed in this case.
    My personal opinion (not the law) is, if causes Hunt his career, then so be it. That video shows me he had an opportunity to walk away after the initial physical altercation. He chose to kick her after that, at that point I do not have a problem with any of the consequences Hunt receives (fair or not).
    I do not believe this incident has anything to do with domestic abuse, it looks like just a bunch of kids all wasted and fighting at 3am, nothing new in America.

  43. “TMZ are such sleaze balls. Out there to ruin lives. Do we really even know the whole story?”
    _________________

    We would not know any of the story if not for TMZ. Blaming the messenger does nothing to advance a resolution to this situation.

  44. marcuswelby70 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 6:46 am
    Congratulations to KC for doing the right thing. Problem is, they have another star (Tyreek Hill) that might be more of a despicable man than Hill is.

    ———————————–
    KC didn’t do the right thing. Like Kareem Hunt firing him was their way of apologizing when the video became public.

  45. I watched the video. She pushed him, he pushed her back, she punched him in the face and it got broken up. Nobody was hurt except maybe Kareem’s friend who got decked from behind by some other random person. Not filing charges seems appropriate.

  46. Absolutely no one involved in this situation did the right thing. (except the random guys trying to keep them separated)

  47. khalilmackattack says:
    December 1, 2018 at 10:38 am
    TMZ are such sleaze balls. Out there to ruin lives. Do we really even know the whole story?
    =============================

    This IS the story. Earlier this year, the accusation came out because a) Kareem Hunt denied everything, b) he wasn’t charged, and c) there was no video. Don’t blame TMZ for this. They exposed Kareem Hunt for being a lying loser.

  48. The people who are trying to rationalize or minimize what Hunt did is sickening. It doesn’t matter if that girl was antagonizing him even using racial remarks, that ship sails both ways I’m sure. He had no right to get physical with her, especially finishing it with a kick.

  49. 1. Other than the woman’s story, cops had no reason to arrest him on the scene. Her account was contested by others at the scene.

    2. The tape that we’re seeing now could only been attained via subpoena, which has to be reviewed by the court, so obviously that does not happen immediately. I do not see any reason for this subpoena request to be denied, however, so it’s likely that the police department saw it or should have seen it.

    3. The police likely saw the video and decided not to press charges. They likely saw the woman engaging physically with Hunt and his girlfriend. That said, it’s Hunt’s kick at the end that makes it odd. In all likelihood, the solicitor probably decided it wasn’t worth the effort because of her physical altercation, but him going back to kick her afterward is what makes his case different from just being self-defense.

    Now, in my opinion, Hunt deserves some sort of punishment. But banning him for life totally excuses the woman’s actions in starting the engagement. Hunt did wrong, that much is indisputable. And this is not an excuse for actions-but we cannot just let her off the hook and send the message that starting fights with people is okay as long as you look a certain way or lose. She deserves scrutiny, and Hunt does too.

  50. dabears7190 said: “They (the NFL) continue to enable these athletes to behave like malcontents because there aren’t enough rules and policies to put a stop to it.”

    ________________________________________________________________________________

    Though the NFL is the final stop, the way these athletes are treated differently than regular Joes is developed many times as far back as Junior High School. Coaches coddling them, girls fawning over them, grades being fudged to help them remain academically eligible. No, the problem runs far deeper than the way the NFL conducts itself. They are not innocent, but you can’t point a finger at the NFL as the sole reason.

  51. I bet if the cops did watch the video that night from start to end, they’d probably toss both of them in the bing. She probably reeked of liquor too. They said they talked to him and probably the group in the room as well. To me it looked like a she was trying to get in the room again and of course get the last word. People say he should’ve walked away, well she should’ve too. Don’t stump for equality but get appalled when that equality is put to the physical test and fails.

  52. Ok so she probably was yelling and acting like an immature child … Oh wait she is only 19 so they said they threw them out because they were only 19… OK OK sure…. But the thing I just cant get past that just sickens me no matter how loud or ignorant she may have gotten if you watch that video she never struck out at him only yelling and walking/run towards him so he body slams her you can see she is dizzy and not in control of her legs so she goes to the ground and her comes this grown ass man at least 100lbs more than her and what does he do for a min I actually thought he saw her struggling to get to her feet and might have gained control of himself to help her BUT HE KICKS HER IN HER FACE WHEN SHE ID DOWN!!!!! you cant tell me that this isn’t a crime all these men on her talking trash say this was your daughter your mother your girlfriend any women you cared about would it make a difference to you she was running her mouth would you say its ok to kick that 19 year old child as he said in her FACE!!!!!! Listen I know girls can be vicious and young ladies these days dont always act so sweet true enough But come on cant you see where this is just wrong what are we seriously coming to that theirs even a disagreement regarding this I dont know I tell you the quality of men now compared to 20 years ago men wouldn’t raise hand to a women they walked away not just to show some respect that she is the weaker sex sorry ladies but true I dont care how mad you get and how big you are a man will lay you out The be4st advice I think I ever gave my daughter is never raise your hand at anyone unless you expect them to hit you back..so stop for that min and ask yourself is this what you should be doing….

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