Lubbock PD releases body camera footage of weekend Whataburger arrest

The Lubbock Police Department has released body camera footage of an incident Saturday at a Lubbock Whataburger that led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man on charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and failure to identify.

According to a release from the LPD, at approximately 2:11 a.m. Saturday, patrol officers responded to a report of a disturbance with an aggressive suspect threatening customers and staff members at Whataburger, 1702 19th St.

LPD Officer Mitchell was the first officer to arrive on the scene, where he found the suspect, later identified as Eliseo Padilla III, standing next to his vehicle arguing with a security guard. Mitchell tried to intervene, but Padilla remained argumentative and refused multiple commands from Mitchell to keep his hands out of his pockets.

Mitchell attempted to perform a pat down on Padilla for possible weapons and Padilla punched Mitchell in the face with a closed fist. Mitchell fought with the Padilla until backup officers arrived to assist. Padilla continued to strike the officers with closed fists and kicked a third officer multiple times. Officers used a Taser, which had no effect on Padilla.

A child can be heard screaming, “Daddy!” in the background of the video. Later, Padilla refers to “Daddy” and says he loves him and can be heard saying “Police brutality.”

Padilla was eventually arrested and transported and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Facility.

Officer Mitchell was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. The two other officers were treated and released by paramedics at the scene.

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