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May 17, 2012
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Texas officer investigated after arrest video surfaces

A sergeant on the scene during the struggle told supervisors the following day that he thought an officer might have acted wrongly

By PoliceOne Staff

ARANSAS PASS, Texas — An investigation was opened Wednesday after a cell phone video surfaced that shows two officers restrain a man while making an arrest.

In the video, officers appear to punch and kick Matias Vera III as he lies on the ground Monday after a vehicle pursuit. Although several law enforcers appear in the video, only one officer, whose name has not been released, is under investigation, according to Captain Roberto Gonzales Jr.

Gonzales said a sergeant on the scene during the struggle told supervisors the following day that he thought an officer might have acted wrongly.

Police will look at four dash cam videos in addition to the cell phone footage to try to determine what happened, KRISTV reported

Gonzales said the officer has not been placed on leave, and the investigation could be finished sometime next week.

Vera was charged with possession, evading arrest and assaulting a public servant.






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