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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

YouTube Video: St. Louis Cop Shown Beating Suspect

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Update 3:20 p.m. We've found another video (below) on YouTube that should still play.

Update 2:44 p.m. YouTube has removed the video stating it violates the company's policy of showing "shocking and disgusting content."

Never mind that if you search YouTube for terms such as "knock out, street fight, brawl, etc." you can treat yourself to a wide array of shocking and disgusting footage. The site even hosts a video called Broken Leg Compilation. But when it comes to footage of a police officer beating an unarmed suspect, that's too violent for YouTube? We have a request for comment in with YouTube. Back at ya when -- if -- we hear anything.

Original post follows...

This video just in via YouTube showing a St. Louis police officer beating a suspect at the Shell gas station at I-55 and Arsenal around 2:30 a.m. January 1.

KTVI Fox 2 reports that the police have released the following statement:

"We were first made aware of the video this morning and while all of the circumstances of the incident are not known, what is seen on the video is extremely disturbing to us. Force is to be used only when absolutely necessary and this department takes the use of force very seriously. No one has a filed a complaint regarding this incident, however the department is launching an Internal Affairs investigation immediately and we would urge those involved in the incident to please come forward and relay their eyewitness accounts to the Internal Affairs investigators. We are also making efforts to identify the officer involved who, once identified, will immediately be assigned to administrative duty pending the results of the investigation."


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