An 18-year-old East Akron, Ohio man, Tre’vonte Mitchell, was arrested Tuesday after police confronted him about a video on Facebook showing Mitchell kicking a cat several feet in the air.
Mitchell stated to police that he and a friend, Roy Hill, were walking down Buchtel Avenue near the University of Akron when they noticed the cat. According to Mitchell, he didn’t actually kick the cat, but rather put his feet underneath his or her body and flung it into the air – as though that wouldn’t have hurt the cat. Regardless of whether he kicked or flung the cat, Mitchell has stated that he made a dumb mistake, and feels remorse about it. He also stated that he doesn’t know why he did it. The viral video, which was posted on Hill’s Facebook page two days after the incident, shows Mitchell and Hill laughing and chuckling afterward.
Police are pretty sure the cat was a stray, and didn’t belong to anyone which, of course, doesn’t discount the abuse. Akron Police Detectives and law enforcement officers from the Humane Society identified Mitchell and charged him with abuse. For the record, he was cooperative with authorities.
Mitchell is to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 15. The misdemeanor comes with a penalty of as much as $1,000 or six months in jail. Because Mitchell has no prior record, Akron Police Captain Daniel D. Zampelli doesn’t believe he will receive the maximum punishment.