Rough arrest caught on video in Salem
SALEM, Mass. -- Salem police are investigating an arrest in which an officer is shown on video throwing a suspect to the ground.
Salem Police Chief Robert St. Pierre said that Patrolman Larry Puleo has been assigned to "internal duties" until an internal investigation is completed.
The video being shown on the Web site You Tube shows an officer grabbing a young man by the throat and throwing him to the ground as he makes an arrest.
Salem police said Monday the incident happened early Friday as officers were dispersing crowds leaving downtown bars.
Police said just before that arrest, the officer had been punched in the face and kicked while making another unrelated arrest.
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