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Police Use Baton, Headlock on Man at Football Game, Crowd Yells 'Stop' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Police used a baton and headlock on a fan at Levi's Stadium during the Oregon-Arizona Pac-12 Championship game last Friday night in Santa Clara, California.

According to ABC 7, the fan was identified as Mark Lydon.

Another fan who shot a video (below) of the incident claims that Lydon was walking out the wrong exit when police officers tried to shock him with a Taser.

In the video, Lydon tells an officer, "I need you to not touch me."

Lydon walks away, but the police follow, place him on a headlock and use a baton on the back of his legs.

After a struggle, Lydon was eventually taken down by the officers and arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and battery of a police officer.

The Santa Clara Police Department said in a statement, "The suspect repeatedly disobeyed officers' requests to calm down and he refused to cooperate with stadium staff. He continued to resist after he was told he was being ejected from the stadium and he assaulted an officer. He then forced himself on to the concourse. It is at this point that the widely disseminated video begins."

However, according to SFGate.com, other fans repeatedly told the police officers, "Stop," “Leave him alone” and “He’s not fighting back!”

"They had quite a few cops, so he couldn't have been too threatening. But we interpret this from the comfort of our own living rooms," Dennis Kenney, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the Contra Costa Times.

Sources: ABC 7, SFGate.com, Contra Costa Times