North Carolina police look into excessive-force claim

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 5:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina's largest city say they are investigating allegations of excessive force after a videotape surfaced showing an officer apparently punching a man repeatedly.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Rob Tufano said Tuesday that the department's internal affairs unit is gathering information, interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage.

Several Charlotte television stations posted the video on their webpages.

Tufano said the man who was punched is a suspect in a hit-and-run earlier Tuesday. He said police located him near an apartment complex, but when they tried to take him into custody, he resisted and tried to pull away.

Tufano said one officer "delivered strikes" to the man's back to get him to comply. He said the suspect was eventually taken into custody, and didn't request or require medical treatment.