Police investigate arrest caught on tape

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The internal affairs department of Savannah-Chatham Metro Police is looking into an arrest over St. Patrick's Day weekend that was captured on video and posted on You Tube.

The video clip shows several women fighting outside and inside a red SUV; a man watching and then participating in the fight by hitting the car and forcing the open door onto the combatants; and a crowd watching and encouraging the participants, according to SCMPD.

Two police officers arrive and one forces the man to the ground, striking his legs with a baton. As the officer is securing the man, one of the women who appears bloodied from the fight pushes the officer, who chases her away by striking her on her legs with the baton, according to SCMPD.

The officer pursues the woman, pulls her back to the scene by the belt on her trousers, forces her to the ground beside the man who had been handcuffed and secures her as other officers rush in, according to SCMPD.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.

"The video vividly shows part of what happened, but it does not show all that transpired," said SCMPD Chief Willie Lovett in a statement. "It is important that we know all sides of the situation before we comment further."

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