Man in viral Kinston arrest video faces charges

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – The Eastern Carolina man seen being hit and tased by police in a viral arrest video is now facing charges.

According to the Lenoir County court calendar, Kahlil Branch has been charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespass and misdemeanor resisting public officer.

His next court date is set for July 15th.

The video, taken May 10, sparked outrage on social media and has been shared hundreds of times.

It shows Kinston police officers on top of Branch with one punching him in the side and another eventually tasing him.

Another video shows Branch getting tased in a police car.

Police said that officers were patrolling in the area of Jack Rountree Housing Complex around 11 p.m. when officers saw a group of people loitering in the area.

WITN was told the officers tried talking to the people while trying to investigate a possible trespassing issue.

Police said they tried to identify one of the people but that he did not comply with the officers’ request.

Police said the officers tried to arrest the man and had to use force.