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Michigan police officer on leave, probe launched after violent arrest

A Lansing, Michigan, police officer is on paid administrative leave and police have launched a review of a violent arrest captured on video in which officers appear to strike a man during an arrest Tuesday night.

Officers used a Taser stun gun and “delivered strikes” during a lengthy struggle with a “combative” 25-year-old, police said in a statement Wednesday.

Police Chief Daryl Green ordered one officer, who has not been identified, to be placed on leave and said that an internal affairs investigation will review the conduct of all officers involved.

The incident, which unfolded around 11:20 p.m. on a sidewalk, was captured by a bystander who described the force used as excessive.

The video appears to show five officers pinning the man to the ground, with some striking him, and giving commands that included for the man to get on his stomach. The man appears to say at one point, “why are you hitting me?”

At another point an officer yells “give me your hand,” and the man says “I didn’t do it.”

Police said in a statement that officers were responding to a report of a fight involving five to six people and had determined that the 25-year-old man “was the primary suspect in the assault incident.”

Police said he resisted arrest. “During the lengthy struggle to secure the suspect, Officers deployed a Taser and delivered strikes,” police said. Read from source….