Fort Worth police have opened an internal investigation after video of a forceful arrest was posted by a local activist group on Facebook.
In the 50-second video released Sunday by Next Generation Action Network, two Fort Worth officers restrain a man lying face down in the street. One officer kneels into the man’s back and repeatedly punches him as the man cries, “Why (expletive) are you punching me? Why?”
Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said in a statement Sunday that it took three officers and one supervisor to subdue the suspect. The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Forrest Curry, was taken into custody for public intoxication, resisting officers and evading arrest.
Curry was in the Tarrant County Jail Monday in lieu of $2,250 bail, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A civil suit against Fort Worth police filed last December over a separate use of force investigation is pending.