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Hartford police investigate video of recent arrest

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Hartford police are investigating after a two-minute video from a weekend arrest was captured on camera and shared more than 100,000 times on social media. (submitted) Hartford police are investigating after a two-minute video from a weekend arrest was captured on camera and shared more than 100,000 times on social media. (submitted)
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Hartford police are investigating after a two-minute video from a weekend arrest was captured on camera and shared more than 100,000 times on social media.

Some have questioned whether police went too far with suspect Samuel Bryant on Brook Street.

The video shows Detective Brian Salkeld detain Bryant in a bear hold, while another officer, identified as Officer Robert Fogg, strikes him in the legs with a baton at least one dozen times to bring him to the ground.

Bryant later apologized for elbowing the officer in the face, and ultimately breaking his nose.

A report indicated the amount of force used by the officer was appropriate and proportional to the resistance used by the suspect. Hartford Police Chief James Rovella however said the department is still investigating the incident.

"I'm not here to condemn or justice officers actions, that will occur after an investigation," Rovella said. 

The interpretation of what is seen on the video, according to police, does not show the full story.

Police said Bryant, a convicted felon on probation, had an open wine cooler and a knife on him. Police said they also believe Bryant was armed with a gun, however one was not found.

"Bryant struggles and breaks away, elbows Salkeld in the nose and makes Salkeld stumble, (and the) taser didn't take because of his heavy coat," Rovella said.

Police said they found crack cocaine on Bryant and that he is facing related charges. He also did offer a written apology.

Rovella said the apology was written before the Facebook video surfaced and that the department is investigating the entire incident.

However, residents on Brook Street said they feel strongly about what they saw.

"He wasn't resisting, what was the purpose of it. He was complying," said Francisco Mena.

Police met with community leaders on Tuesday to discuss the video.

"Lets wait to get the full investigation before jumping to conclusions," said Imam Muhammad Ansari, president of the Greater Hartford branch of the NAACP.

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