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Video depicts Seattle officer striking man in 2010
The Associated Press
A lawyer has released a video showing a Seattle police officer striking a restrained man during an arrest in 2010.
James Egan says his client, Isaac Ocak (O-jak), had left a car locked with the engine running outside a department store while he returned items on Dec. 29, 2010. Officers questioned him about why he'd left it there.
The store was on private property, and leaving the car did not constitute a crime or infraction.
The video ( http://is.gd/BDWiLe) shows Ocak being questioned for several minutes, occasionally lifting his hands off the hood of a patrol car despite orders to leave them there. As officers pressed him to the hood, one, Officer Larry Longley, placed his hand on Ocak's mouth, and Ocak bit him, prompting the officer to punch him twice in the head.
Egan says the incident shows unnecessary aggression by the officers, and fits in with the Justice Department's findings that Seattle police had a pattern of unnecessarily using force.
The police department says the force was justified and the officers reasonably feared for their safety.
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