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A video circulating on social media shows a Baton Rouge police officer trading punches with a resistant man while struggling to take him into custody. 

The incident took place around 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the 8000 block of Airline Highway at the RaceTrac, according to BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. He said officers responded to the scene on reports of a disturbance. 

"An officer confronted the suspect in question, attempted to detain him and the suspect resisted," Coppola said. "He was later apprehended and arrested."

Coppola added that the officer used other means to detain the suspect before the arrest. 

While the source of the video is unclear, BRPD acknowledged the footage involved one of their officers.

The video shows a BRPD officer grappling with a man on the ground in a parking lot while someone records with their cellphone from inside a nearby car.

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The man can be seen flailing his arms while the officer holds him in place on the ground from behind and punches him repeatedly. Then, while leaning over the man's back, the officer wraps an arm around his neck before again punching him in the head several times.

Another officer arrives and helps to wrestle the man to a squad car, where the first officer slams the man's head against the car’s hood. While the other officer is holding the man on the car in handcuffs, the same officer appears to punch him again. 

The man is seen struggling, lashing out and resisting for much of the video.

Coppola said Internal Affairs has been alerted to the incident and the officer in the video has been placed on restrictive duty. He added that the suspect's name would not be released until Friday. 


Email Jacqueline DeRobertis at jderobertis@theadvocate.com