Viral video captures officer hitting suspect

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The officer standing in front of the man then takes a forceful swing at the man's stomach and the impact of the blow could be heard on camera.
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A video clip showing a Guam police officer punching a suspect in the stomach has gone viral on social media and prompted GPD to launch an investigation into the incident.

The video is only six seconds long but in those few seconds, three officers can be seen surrounding a male individual who appears to have been detained and in the process of being placed in the backseat of a police cruiser.

The officer standing in front of the man then takes a forceful swing at the man’s stomach and the impact of the blow could be heard on camera.

The other two officers do nothing.

While the events leading up to the individual’s arrest are not known, the man already being detained appears to be complying with police.

This raises the question: Why was such force used?

Sgt. Paul Tapao, Guam Police Department spokesman, says that GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio has launched a criminal and administrative investigation into the incident.

“Since there is an active criminal and administrative investigation, the identities of individuals involved will not be disclosed at this time,” Ignacio said in a statement.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.