Woonsocket police investigate video of arrest

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in a Rhode Island city are launching an internal investigation after a video surfaced that appears to show a police officer throwing a man onto the pavement and then using force while the man was on the ground.

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates says he found out about the video Friday after it was posted online.

Oates says the video shows Woonsocket police officers responding to a disturbance in a convenience store parking lot in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. The officers arrested two men and one woman for minor charges.

The chief says the police department’s internal affairs bureau is reviewing the video and all documented reports about the incident. He says officers had previously documented their use of force to restrain the man.