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Columbia police officers under criminal investigation after viral video shows alleged use of excessive force

Multiple Columbia police officers are under criminal investigation after a viral video shows the alleged use of excessive force on a man. 

A viral video captured by bystanders depicts multiple Columbia police officers responding to a disturbance outside of Harpo’s Bar and Grill in downtown Columbia just before 1 am on Sunday. 

One officer is shown punching a man in the face repeatedly as he is being restrained on the ground. 

Officers also utilized a taser and mace while attempting to cuff the subject. 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and the Columbia Police Department is conducting an internal investigation. 

A Columbia Police spokesperson could not comment on if the officers have been suspended, but the department plans to follow its policies for employee leave during investigations.

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