Video shows St. Louis police officer beating unarmed man

cop beat pic1 Video shows St. Louis police officer beating unarmed man

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. 

 In the clip, a witness remarks that the suspect told the officer to ‘shut up.’  Then the officer pulls the man from the car.   He slumps to the ground and the officer begins beating him.   Viewers can also hear a woman nearby remarking that the officer maced the man and that his  face was bloody.  

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. 

In a statement St. Louis Police department says the footage is “extremely disturbing to us,” and the department has launched an Internal Affairs investigation.  The officer has been placed on desk duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.
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