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October 05, 2011
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Video: School cafeteria arrest goes viral

An anti-law enforcement website encouraged the filming and distributed the clip

By PoliceOne Staff

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Police in Manchester are investigating whether a high school resource officer used excessive force when he arrested a student on Monday.

Officer Darren Murphy is facing accusations of excessive force in the arrest of 17-year-old Frank Harrington III, according to MyFoxBoston. A video of the arrest has circulated online showing the altercation taking place in the cafeteria of West High.

Sources say anti-law enforcement website is responsible for the wide reach of the clip, and fellow student Mike Prouox credits the site’s guerrilla marketing campaign for giving him the idea to begin filming.

Founder Ademo Freeman hands out DVDs to students with instructions on filming police officers while they're performing their duties, according to reports.

In the video, Harrington speaks into the camera and says "Today I got assaulted by a cop."

Murphy engaged in the physical struggle in order to place Frank in handcuffs, a statement from Manchester police said.

Harrington was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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