WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Video that surfaced on social media shows controversial moments during an arrest in West Chester over the weekend. A police review is now underway.
West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin spoke to FOX 29's Jeff Cole.
The video shows two West Chester police officers and a third man on the passenger side of a police cruiser. The man is taken to the pavement and an officer strikes him, according to the video posted on Instagram. The man is then pinned to the street and cuffed.
That punch to the head was delivered outside of Barnabys Restaurant and Pub on South High Street in West Chester early Saturday morning has kicked-off what the mayor calls a police evaluation.
According to the mayor and a source who spoke to people on the scene Saturday, the man appeared to be intoxicated and was not allowed to enter Barnabys. A Barnaby's manager called the police.
"When you look at just that small portion of what occurred that evening that you do see what could be, again appears to be a representation of misconduct," Mayor Herrin said.
The mayor says she’s not passing judgment on the punch until the police chief and a lieutenant finish their review.
“I can not answer at this point because context is important," Mayor Herrin said.
The mayor says the department has not received a formal complaint and is doing the evaluation without one. The man was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct and can be heard on video protesting the punch.