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Claims of police brutality under investigation in St. Simons Island

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Updated: 12/13/2013 2:45 pm
St. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- More than 30,000 people have already viewed the video, and now many wonder if it shows a case of police brutality.

The entire clip shows how things unfolded the night of December 5th in St. Simons. Witnesses told Action News 70-year-old Kathleen Allegrone just hit a car and refused to open her door to talk with police. The witness, who wants to remain anonymous for now, said that's when the trouble started.

"An officer entered the vehicle, opened the door and pushed her to the ground," he said.

You then see officers pulling her toward their car, but she's seen resisting and heard screaming.

"In my opinion I think she was acting at that point," said the witness.

He said she was belligerent but didn't deserve what happened next. You can hear her body slamming to the ground.

"It really looked like a UFC takedown. Everyone just went silent," he said.

Allegrone accused the officer of breaking her nose.

"The tape doesn't do it justice either, the slam or the anguish anguish(ed) cry afterwards," said the witness.

Seconds later officers were heard asking the witnesses to stop recording. Knowing his rights, the man videotaping refused and said he's happy he kept filming.

"You don't have to be a 70-year-old woman to die from a brain injury or affected for life, and it's just lucky she didn't," said the witness.

The Board of County Commissioners has requested that the Glynn County Police Department conduct its own internal investigation. The chairman of the board told Action News that Chief Matt Doering wants this done pretty quickly. We tried reaching out to Doering, but he has not returned our calls.

The officer in question has been suspended with pay until the investigation is complete.

The investigation surrounds a clip of video posted to YouTube.

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viviancambell - 12/26/2013 10:10 PM
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This is a tricky situation. Officers are taught to not allow obstruction of justice, but some people are mentally ill. Considering this is St. Simons, maybe they should have done more to coerce her out of the vehicle. On the slamming, at least they do not discriminate :) She will get nothing in a lawsuit, she caused an accident on public roads and resisted every step of the way.

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Laurice Tatum - 12/13/2013 11:05 AM
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I'm a former Police Officer and have over 28 year’s Investigative experience. This is sloppy / discussing police work at its best. What kind of people are law enforcement agencies hiring these days? Better yet what kind of training are recruits receiving? There’s obviously a noticeable lack of training in gender and geriatric arrest? During these types of arrest Officers should exercise caution in many areas. Further I never will understand why it’s necessary for “Ossiffers” twice the size “height and weight,” of a female of elderly citizen to body slam the arrestee to the ground. Elderly citizen are more fragile than younger. Their lives are more easily put at risk. Isn’t the use of force in the arrest of a female the same mentality of a rapist? Use of force to compel compliance? Think about it. Are these Officers so intellectually challenged that they know no better? What wrong with the Officers opening the back doors of the patrol car. One Officer holding the arrestee under the arms as the second Officer holds the legs and or feet then leaning the arrestee backwards as they guide the suspect into the back seat of the vehicle. “ No muff no scuff job done.” Remember this formula: Poor /sloppy hiring + Poor /sloppy training = Civil Rights Violations = multimillion dollar punitive and compensatory damages = financial stress = higher taxes. I find it difficult to believe that any reasonable and prudent tax payer wants this type behavior out of those that are sworn to serve and protect.
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