Video shows group of Raleigh officers using force, prompting reaction from activists

Wake County News
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A video surfaced on social media Friday of a group of Raleigh Police Department officers using force on a man in the middle of the street.

UPDATE: New video released and witness talks about capturing video of Raleigh police use of force

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook, shows an officer striking a man in the back with his baton as three other officers hold him down. Six officers are seen trying to subdue the man at one point.

It appears that the man on the ground bites an officer’s leg. The female officer kicks the man in the head.

Community activists said the incident took place around noon Friday at the intersection of MLK Boulevard and Garner Road.

UPDATE: New video released and witness talks about capturing video of Raleigh police use of force

The incident appears to fall within Raleigh police’s guidelines for use of force, but the video is just a snapshot in time. Details about what happened before and after are unclear.

Raleigh police said in a statement that it is reviewing the incident in accordance with its departmental policies.

UPDATE: New video released and witness talks about capturing video of Raleigh police use of force

“In the spirit of transparency, we have proactively made the District Attorney’s office aware of this situation. The Raleigh Police Department offers no further comment on this ongoing investigation,” it read.

District Attorney Lorrin Freeman also released a statement:

I have requested that all available video including body cameras and dash cam video be provided to my office for review.  I am in consultation with the state Bureau of investigation and once we have completed a review, will be making a determination as to what the appropriate next steps are. We are requesting the community’s patience as we go through this process.

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