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LAPD, FBI probe arrest on videotape

Footage posted to the YouTube website shows the suspect being struck. Authorities investigate two officers' use of force.
By Richard Winton and Peter Hong, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Times 

The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating two officers for allegedly beating a man during an arrest last summer that was captured on video and posted on the popular YouTube website.

The video of the Aug. 11 arrest in Hollywood shows an officer sitting on 23-year-old William Cardenas as a second officer places his knee on the man's neck and punches him six times. Cardenas is lying on his back, waving his arms and yelling, "I can't breathe!" Cardenas' attorney, B. Kwaku Duren, said his client was treated at a hospital for black eyes, a split lip and facial bruises.

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