TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A viral video shows two Tupelo police officers attempting to arrest a man during a traffic stop on Tuesday.
The 35-second video clip does not show the entire incident from start to finish.
In the portion recorded, two police officers are seen struggling to arrest a Black man across the hood of a police cruiser.
One officer is seen punching the man at least twice. The same officer reared back his arm, but a passing vehicle blocked the scene for a second.
After being hit, the man bends over, and the officer gestures to the man to lay on the ground. The man then collapsed.
The video ends shortly after, and a woman is heard shouting, “Don’t shoot him.”
Police identified the Black man as Jasper Copeland, 33, of Tupelo.
The Tupelo Police Department released its version of the incident on Thursday.