New Haven police launch investigation into whether excessive force was used in Friday arrest in response to social media video

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven police have launched an internal investigation Wednesday into the use of force by police officers during a recent arrest.

Police released the body camera footage from that arrest that took place last Friday, Jan. 29., in response to a video that is currently circulating on social media that depicts some of the encounter.

According to police, the incident began when officers responded to a harassment complaint involving an eviction at the Connecticut Financial Center at 157 Church St.

The video begins on the 19th floor of the building where a man is being evicted from his office. Police appear to help him move his belongings, but once they get to the lobby, the man does not appear to be in a hurry to leave.

He asks for a prayer. The officers take information from him about his harassment complaint about the eviction. They then tell the man they have to leave because they have another call.

The officers tell him he must go and he is causing a disturbance and he starts to yell. Police threaten him with arrest. The man threatens to sue the city.

When they try to put the handcuffs on him, an altercation ensues.

Officers can be seen on camera physically detaining the suspect, identified as 52-year old Shawn Marshall. The video also shows officers appearing to punch Marshall while another holds his neck Police are also seen using pepper spray. Marshall was charged with assault, interfering with police, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

WATCH: Body cam video released by New Haven Police

WATCH: Both body cam videos released by New Haven Police

Chief Otoniel Reyes released the following statement on the investigation:

Our department will conduct a transparent and thorough internal investigation to determine the appropriateness of the officers’ actions. We take use of force seriously and the Internal Affairs review will determine if the use of force was within the guidelines of department policy.”

CT NAACP President Scot X Esdaile told News 8 the video was disturbing and the local chapter echoed that sentiment and went a step further. Dori Dumas said, “From my perspective, it was all wrong. It looked unnecessary and red flags went up.”

WATCH: Body cam video released by New Haven Police

News 8 attempted to reach out to Marshall on Wednesday, but calls have not been returned. The New Haven Independent is reporting he told them he plans to sue for $3 billion in damages.

The incident remains under investigation.

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