St. Louis police investigating videotaped beating

In a YouTube video, an off-duty officer working security is shown clubbing a man with his nightstick


Associated Press
January 5, 2011 2:08AM (UTC)

St. Louis police are investigating after a YouTube video surfaced showing a city officer beating a man with his nightstick.

The department issued a Tuesday statement saying all the circumstances are not yet known, but that the New Year's Day video is "disturbing."

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Police say they haven't identified the officer. But they say once they do, he'll be placed on administrative duty pending investigation.

The video was shot at a convenience store, through an uninvolved vehicle's window.

Convenience store owner Joel Platke says the off-duty officer was working security when a young man came in and caused a disturbance. He says the video doesn't show the man grabbing at the officer's ankles and that he believes the officer did nothing wrong.

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YouTube had removed the video by midafternoon Tuesday.


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