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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: excessive force investigation

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By Dana Griffin

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PAWTUCKET, RI- People in Pawtucket are speaking out about the cell phone video of police officers who appear to be using force while making an arrest.

The city's public safety director says his initial review is that this is not excessive force.

Director of Public Safety, Tony Pires said, "One officer, even though the cuffs were on the individual according to the report, head butted one of the officers and another officer he had kicked in the groin."

The video recorded by a witness has become the talk of the town.

"I don't know how cops could just; he was already on the floor. You know, like why you just gonna go on top of him and keep hitting him. Like, that was just unnecessary," said Yomairis Lopez.

Derek Ducharme said, "I mean there's always two sides to a story so, I mean yeah, it was excessive force, but like they said, the camera didn't pick up until after he was taken down, so who knows what he said before that."

On January 30th, police stopped 24–year–old Lloyd Mumford Jr. near the D'angelo restaurant after a report of a disturbance at his home.

Officers claim he resisted arrest. A third officer had to help hold him down.

"I've chosen at this time not to take officers off the street or anything in that nature because my view and based on the report, from a preliminary stand point, indicates that they acted appropriately and prudently," said Pires.

The police report says that both officers struck Mumford in the head with closed fists, and used a baton and pepper spray.

The report also states that Mumford spat at officers and threatened to kill them.

Mumford allegedly told police later, he fought back to make the arrest worth while.

Police say Mumford had two bags of heroin valued at $40. He's charged with domestic–disorderly conduct, simple assault on a police officer, and for possession.

The internal investigation is being forwarded to the Attorney General's office. They will determine if this was justified.

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