The Bartow Police Department is investigating allegations of excessive force after a video posted on social media sparked outrage from some community members. The 51-second video shows Marquis Wright, 21, on the ground while three officers and a K-9 try to apprehend him Monday morning.
The 51-second video shows Marquis Wright, 21, on the ground while three officers and a K-9 try to apprehend him Monday morning.
Wright was arrested and charged with resisting arrest with and without violence.
“The video has sparked interest within the community about the reasoning for the use of force,” Deputy Chief Bryan Dorman wrote in a statement. “Although we do not have enough information at this time to determine if the use of force was excessive, we want to assure everyone involved that the incident is being administratively reviewed.”
The names of the officers involved in the incident have not been released.
Wright has since been released from jail. The family has said Wright has no criminal background, and a search of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s website shows no previous arrests.