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Syracuse police expect to finish use of force investigation by end of next week

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The Syracuse Police Department expects to release the results of an investigation into a forceful arrest caught on video by the end of next week, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Police Chief Kenton Buckner announced in a joint statement Friday afternoon.

Shaolin Moore, 23, of Syracuse, was grabbed by his neck and pulled from a vehicle by SPD officer Christopher Buske during a traffic stop on May 31. A viral video posted to Instagram shows Buske threatening to spray Moore with pepper spray before pulling him from the vehicle. The officer then strikes Moore with a closed fist, and several officers hold him down on the ground.

The investigation is the “highest priority” of SPD’s Office of Professional Standards, Walsh and Buckner said in their statement. Investigators have examined information concerning the case and interviewed individuals involved.

Moore was charged with resisting arrest and a sound reproduction violation, which refers to playing music too loudly. Buske said in a report filed in court papers that he thought Moore had a handgun because he was “reaching for his waistband,” according to Syracuse.com.

The video sparked outcry from members of the Syracuse community, with many viewing the officer’s actions as police brutality. …read more

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