North Attleboro police to investigate officers beating man on video

boston north attleboro police beating
A video posted on YouTube shows police using batons on a man they said was combative toward officers.
Credit: YouTube

North Attleboro police said they will review the actions of officers who were shown on video hitting a man with their batons prior to arresting him over the holiday weekend.

The video, which was posted on YouTube and since taken down, was taken of a portion of an incident that took place on Sunday, North Attleboro police said in a statement.

“We are aware that the end of the incident was captured on video. As we do with every used of force incident, all information is being thoroughly reviewed,” police said. 

Officers were called to a home by a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was strangling her and trying to prevent her from calling police. She was able to break free.

When officers arrived, they found the man outside his ex-girlfriend’s home. He proceeded to taunt them, police said.

“The man, who was much larger than either of the officers, responded by laughing and telling them, ‘There are just two of you? You better call for back up,’” police said in the statement.

Police said the man was immediately combative with officers and took a combative stance with his fists clenched.

“Officers used nonlethal force to take the suspect into custody,” police said in the statement.

The video shows about four officers surrounding the man. Some of the officers use their batons and hit the man. The man at one point appears to swing at the officers.

The man, who was not identified by police, was initially held on $10,000 bail.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.