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Video showing Md. man being punched during arrest under review

TOWSON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Baltimore County police are reviewing the arrest of a Chevy Chase man after a video of the arrest, showing an officer punching the suspect in the head multiple times, surfaced.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows three officers arresting Zachary Blumenstein of Chevy Chase outside a bar early Sunday morning. One of the officers can be seen hitting Blumenstein in the head multiple times.

The video was later deleted, according to The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County police say they take use of force seriously and will be reviewing the incident. In a statement, BCoPD Chief Jim Johnson said his initial reaction was that other techniques "could have been more effective" in that situation.

According to court records, officers saw Blumenstein engaged in a verbal disturbance in front of The Green Turtle in the 400 block of York Road in Towson. Five other people tried to restrain Blumenstein and the officer ordered him to leave. Police say Blumenstein continued to shout and yell profanities but was eventually moved to another location.

About 40 minutes later, the officer saw Blumenstein push a man into York Road, records show. The officer attempted to place Blumenstein under arrest, but he allegedly resisted. Another officer arrived to assist with the arrest and pepper spray was used on Blumenstein, but police say he continued to resist.

Blumenstein has been charged with resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, trespass and failure to obey a police officer.     

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