Was this an appropritate use of force?

KSHB captured some disturbing video following a high-speed chase yesterday. The footage, shot from KSHB’s Skytracker helicopter, shows a man surrendering, lying face down on the ground with his hands behind his head. An officer seems to have him subdued when another runs up and repeatedly punches the guy in the head. Other officers swarm the guy. An officer by the guy’s legs elbows and punches him.

Uh, I don’t think that’s proper technique. Neither does KCPD spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart.

“Certainly, what I see on tape, it’s an improper use of force,” Lockhart told KSHB. “Coming in and hitting someone in the head is not a proper use of force for the situation that was on tape.”

I can’t tell whether the officers are KCMO or KCK because both departments wear similar uniforms. But KSHB says both departments are investigating their officers’ actions.

Update: The KCKPD released a statement this afternoon saying they’re doing a joint investigation with the KCPD into the officers’ conduct involved in the chase and arrest that ended in the 1700 block of Quindaro Boulevard. Read the full release after the jump.

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