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01-01-2011 2:30 A.M. St. Louis City
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) —
Controversy tonight over YouTube video that appears to show a St. Louis police officer beating man with a nightstick then pepper spraying him outside a south city gas station. Fox 2 was the first to tell police about the video-now an internal police investigation is underway. The man who says he took the video calls what took place a beating and says police used excessive force.
But the owner of Joel's Shell Food Mart at I-55 and Arsenal in south city says the force was justified because the officer was trying to subdue a man who was intoxicated.
The video shot on a cell phone about 2:30 on New Years Day morning. It shows a city officer pulling the man out of a car, then repeatedly hitting him with a collapsible baton. He hits the man seven times. Then, the officer appears to pepper spray the man before taking him away in handcuffs.
Originally posted by drkid
The gasoline station store manager is trying to defend the officer and he
looks like an idiot trying to do so. This man needs to be fired RIGHT NOW!
Administrative duty? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS NEEDS AN INVESTIGATION?
POLICE STATE... POLICE STATE... POLICE STATE!!!
Originally posted by loveguy
Too bad the guy filming didn't go sit on the hood of his own car, and film the events more pro-actively. He wouldn't be interfering with the incident just by simply documenting what (we) are viewing. Or would he be?
Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by drkid
I will disagree with you about the tazer part. Have you ever been hit with a police tazer gun? That sucks, really bad lol, I would hate to see any of my family hit with one of those. Little springloaded harpoons are not any safer than a club or gun, sometimes can be worse.
Platke tells us the officer first asked the man to leave the store because he was drunk. Then, he says the man's friends came in asking the officer to help them because the man was causing problems outside.
Platke says the officer was off duty at the time and working security at the gas station and convience store. Platke tells us the officer hit the man on his hands and arms and maced him because the man had his arms wrapped around the officer's ankles and wouldn't let go.
Originally posted by Sinnthia
I really wish there was just a little bit more context here.
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
What more context do you need? The victim is on the ground being beaten to a bloody pulp and pepper sprayed.
That's right. THE VICTIM.
You know what you do with a person who beats someone to a bloody pulp? You send them to prison.
Unless they're a member of law enforcement of course.
Go out and try it and see if you don't get sent to prison.