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The American Civil Liberties Union released footage yesterday that they claim shows a Minnesota cop's 'brutal attack' on a man that he pulled over.
The group is calling for an investigation into the arrest of 22-year-old Anthony Promvongsa, made on July 28 last year, over what they allege is an example of excessive force.
In the video, Worthington police officer Joe Joswiak - also a member of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force - can be seen pulling over an SUV.
When the car stops, he appears to shout 'Get the f*** out of the car, motherf*****!' before opening Promvongsa's door and kneeing him while he is in the driver's seat.
Pictured: The footage of the incident, which appears to show police officer Joe Joswiak approaching the pulled-over SUV
Pictured: Joswiak appears to throw punches at Promvongsa
Pictured: Promvongsa is held down and arrested after the incident, which the American Civil Liberties Union said showed a 'brutal attack' by police
Joswiak can then be seen to strike Promvongsa with his fists before pushing him to the ground.
In a statement, the ACLU said: 'Agent Joswiak's use of force against Anthony Promvongsa is disturbing and completely unnecessary,' branding it a 'brutal attack'.
According to the Star Tribune, Joswiak has not been disciplined for his role in the incident.
Promvongsa was suspected of initiating a road-rage incident and then resisting arrest.
He later attended hospital and was released the same day.
Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel and Commander Nate Grimmius said in a joint statement: 'The video, viewed in a vacuum, shows only a short segment of the incident that is the basis of the criminal charges.'
Pictured: Promvongsa is held by police during the incident in Worthington, Minnesota last year
Promvongsa said in a statement that the attack, which 'literally blindsided' him, was 'unnecessary'.
He added: 'I immediately pulled over for the Worthington squad car, and before I know what was happening, I was beat and ripped from my vehicle.'
According to the criminal complaint, he was charged with possessing marijuana, assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing police in a vehicle and driving after his license was revoked.
Promvongsa, who in the criminal complaint is also said to have endangered an off-duty police officer by tailgating, swerving and making hand gestures, is awaiting trial.