Two North Carolina police officers are on vacation after a video posted on social media shows they are beating a black man.
An 18-second clip shared on Facebook on Monday night, An officer can be seen chasing a man and hitting him Police incident reports later identified 36-year-old David Lee Bruton Jr. police as looking for him after a restaurant worker in Little Caesars in Kinston accused him of threatening her.
Kinston Mayor Dontario Hardy did not immediately respond to McClutch News’ request for comment on Tuesday, but told Kinston Free Press officials. On leave While the police are investigating.
According to the newspaper, he also said police officers used a “closed fist strike” during the quarrel.
“Kinston Police Station Continue collecting and reviewing “All available evidence of what happened last night,” police said Tuesday. “This morning, city officials met in person with the immediate family of the people involved. We know that our community is aware of the incident and wants a thorough review.”
Kinston is a city of about 20,000 people, about 82 miles southeast of Raleigh. More than 66% of the population is black or African-American, according to US census records.
A video shared on Facebook seems to show that Bruton is wearing a red sweatshirt running from the police before falling on the sidewalk. Then two police officers concentrated on him, and one visibly hit him when both tried to detain him.
another 28 seconds clip from a similar angle Shows a cop above him.
I hear the voice of the person who recorded, “Oh my god, they’re detaining him. I can’t do that either.”
You will see a third video showing Bruton Standing in handcuffs After a quarrel, talk to the officer.
Police were called to Little Caesars in Kinston Monday after 6:30 pm after workers reported pressing an emergency button and threatening to hit her, according to the incident report.
Police said he started running when Bruton found him in the area. At some point, he “stopped running, took an aggressive fight with the police, and then ran again,” according to the incident report.
“Mr. Bruton stumbled and fell, at which point Bruton kicked the officer page in his stomach,” police wrote in a report.
The incident report does not indicate whether Bruton was armed with a weapon.
Police have not identified the police officers involved.
Bruton was charged with chaotic behavior, assault on law enforcement officers, and transmission of intimidation. He was processed at the Kinston Police Station and was given a $ 500 secured deposit. Police did not say if he needed treatment.