Villa Rica police are responding to a controversial video showing three officers arrest a man.
Officers said they responded to the Stix Bar and Grill on Bankhead Highway four times Saturday about a man harassing customers and asking for drugs.
A woman posted video of the struggle to Facebook. In it, officers are seen punching and kneeing the man.
“They started kneeing him, punching him and stuff and I started recording, because I wasn’t comfortable with that,” she told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.
Police said those actions were justified because 27-year-old Tyler Reynolds refused to leave and resisted arrest.
A statement released by the department said, "We feel that the force used by the officers was appropriate.”
“I didn’t see him doing anything outrageous or anything like that. I just saw three guys, one kneeing him and another hitting him in the back," the woman who took the video said.
The police department plans to release police body cam video to show the officer's point of view.
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