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Video shows Austin police punching man during arrest

December 15, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The interim Austin police chief says cellphone video showing a man being punched by police as he’s arrested doesn’t capture the man previously trying to walk away and breaking free from handcuffs.

The video of the arrest by three officers at a convenience store Tuesday shows the man being struck several times.

Interim Chief Brian Manley says striking a suspect isn’t prohibited but it must be “objectively reasonable.” He didn’t say whether it was considered reasonable in this case because the incident is being reviewed.

The video also shows officers using a stun gun on the man, who was charged with drug manufacturing or delivery and resisting arrest.

Manley says the store’s security camera captured the full incident but the department won’t release that video while the investigation is ongoing.

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