Video released by the Orlando Police Department of a Thursday incident shows officer David Cruz kick a seated and unarmed man in the face at least six times while officer Charles Mays uses his taser.
Police say the officers were off-duty, working security at a downtown nightclub at the corner of Orange Avenue and Concord Street, when they saw 30-year-old Noel Carter “using physical force” against a woman.
Carter who was drunk, was grabbing at his girlfriend, who had just broken up with him, in attempt to keep her from walking away, police say, before the officers tried to arrest him and he refused to cooperate and tried to flee on foot.
Officers claim Carter got physical with them before they struck him three times with a metal baton, used chemical spray twice, shocked him four to seven times with a Taser and tackled him.
The video, recorded by a bystander in a near by apartment, appears to show Carter complying with the officers as he sits on the ground when Officer Cruz begins delivering kicks to his head and upper right arm and Officer Mays deploys his taser.
“The police officer was kicking him multiple times, and the guy was sitting there minding his own business,” the woman who recorded the footage said. “It didn’t seem like he wasn’t bothering anyone or posed any threat of any sort to the police officers. That right there was unacceptable… That was not OK.”
Police say Carter did not sustain serious injuries but was arrested on charges of domestic battery, battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina says the department has launched an internal review of the incident but has decided to allow the officer to remain on active duty.
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