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Video leads to investigation of excessive force claim in Florida

A dash cam video shows a police officer striking a suspect in the state. A Florida man was struck seven times as he was being arrested when authorities arrived at the scene where a 911 call was made. A recent news story gives more details of the alleged excessive force incident. 

The incident occurred in Pinellas County, and the law enforcement officers on the scene were from the county sheriff's department. The individual was allegedly hiding behind a car when officers arrived on the scene. It was reported that the man had a gun and officers had ordered him on the ground. 

A dash cam video apparently shows that the man was struck in the head seven times by an officer and that the deputies struggled to cuff the man. He was taken into custody, charged with battery of an officer and also required medical treatment for the injuries he suffered during the arrest. The 25-year-old received stitches as a result of his injury. The man maintains that he did nothing to warrant the blows to his head. The man was later released on bond but has been arrested again on another charge. 

A police officer may not use excessive force to subdue an individual being arrested. If the man was struck because of an improper use of force, he may be entitled to compensation for damages due to the arrest. In Florida, many individuals choose to hire an attorney if they have become a victim of police brutality, in order to receive awards for damages. 

Source: St. Pete, FL Patch, "Pinellas Sheriff Investigates Allegations Of Excessive Force In Arrest", Don Johnson, Oct. 14, 2017

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