ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis Police are investigating a YouTube video, showing a city officer beating a suspect at a gas station with a night stick — and the American Civil Liberties Union is questioning whether the officer used excessive force.
The video shows what appears to be a St. Louis police officer delivering half a dozen blows and then pepper-spraying a young man. According to eyewitnesses, the video was taken at a south city Shell station New Year’s Day.
After viewing the video, Reditt Hudson with the ACLU says the officer appears to have gone too far.
“The ASP baton strikes are usually reserved for a subject that’s fighting with you or actively resisting,” Hudson said, “and this guy doesn’t appear to be actively resisting.”
Hudson says because the video does not offer a clear view of the suspect on the ground, it’s unclear whether he was resisting arrest.