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Jacksonville Sheriff Defends Use Of Force In Viral Arrest Video

A Florida law enforcement agency believes its officers "acted appropriately" in response to a suspected drug deal involving Le'Keian Woods, the Black man captured in a viral video handcuffed with swollen eyes and a bloody face over the weekend, USA Today reports. On Monday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released an arrest report and critical incident briefing detailing what led to the arrest of Woods, 24, and the reasons for the physical tactics used. Woods' arrest last Friday had been recorded by a bystander, where he was seen surrounded by officers. Civil rights attorney Harry Daniels, who was hired by Woods' family, has said Woods was beaten by multiple officers after being pulled over for an alleged seat belt violation.


On Monday, Chief of Professional Standards Mike Shell said Woods had sustained facial injuries when he fled from members of the agency's gang unit who attempted to arrest him after "witnessing him conducting a drug transaction." "Based on the currently available information, the agency believes that the involved detectives acted appropriately with respect to the law and (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office) policy," Shell said. The incident remains under administrative review but has gained national attention, online outrage and local protest. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released Woods' booking photo and arrest report Monday.

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