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Video: Motorist Robert Leone Beaten by Pennsylvania Troopers
In Bradford County, Pennsylvania, protesters are calling for justice for Robert Leone, who was reportedly assaulted by five Pennsylvania State Troopers.
A March 2010 video of police arresting Leone has gone viral after being posted last week by Larry Hohol, an author -- and former Penn. cop -- investigating the case (video below).
Pennsylvania State Police said Leone led them on a low speed chase after a hit and run and resisting arrest.
The dashcam video shows Pennsylvania State troopers blocking Leone’s driver’s side door.
Another trooper climbs on top of the car and tases Leone through the roof. He later lands on Leone with both feet.
One of the police officers reportedly broke his hand while hitting Leone, who also claims he was kicked and tased repeatedly.
Police claimed that Leone left the scene after hitting another car, and then refused to stop when officers tried to pull him over.
They also say that Leone was fighting back, but the video never appears to show resistance.
This week, protesters held signs, chanted and called for a national investigation into the behavior of five Pennsylvania State Troopers.
Leone was convicted of simple assault, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and accident involving damage for the hit and run.
Now, he's filed a civil suit in federal court against the Borough of Towanda, Pennsylvania State Police and the five troopers involved.
Leone says his civil rights were violated and he was brutally beaten and assaulted. His parents say he was denied medical attention.
District Attorney Daniel Barrett says Leone resisted arrest: "The other people that may have opinions on the evidence weren't there. They can have whatever opinions they want. But that's why we have courtrooms here and not just plazas out front."
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