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T&T: Video shows cops beating unarmed man

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video-shows-cops-beating.jpgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) - A video purportedly showing armed police officers kicking and dragging an unarmed man has gone viral on social media site Facebook.

The 52-second video begins with a marked police driving on what appears to be a football field while some sort of event is taking place.

As the vehicle comes to a stop, a bareback man is seen running. He is followed on foot by two uniformed officers. The officers are walking.

The man picks up a plastic chair and launches it in the direction of the officers and tries to run away. Another uniformed officer exits the ¬vehicle.

As the man tries to escape, he trips near the parked police vehicle.

At this point, the three officers surround the man and appear to be kicking and cuffing him while he is on the ground. He is then dragged by his feet by one of the officers, while another continues to kick him.

Onlookers who were heard laughing at the beginning of the video try to appeal to the officers to exercise restraint. Some people are seen rushing to where the officers are holding the man.

The man is then placed in the back of the police vehicle.

A DJ plays the refrain "look trouble now" from soca artiste Machel Montano's 2015 Soca Monarch and Road March song, "Like Ah Boss".

The caption of the video states "No man watch that alyuh cah be kicking an dragging people like dog so".

The Express yesterday contacted the general secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social Welfare Association Inspector Michael Seales for a comment on the ¬situation. He, however, said he had not seen the video in question.

This is not the first incident in recent times where police officers have come under public scrutiny for their action caught on camera and posted on social media.

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