Caught On Tape: NC Club Brawl Involving Cop

A video has surfaced in Salisbury, North Carolina, reportedly showing police confronting people at a nightclub called La Bamba.

The video shows a young woman grabbed by her neck and pushed backward onto a table.

Another club patron approached the officer involved. The video shows the officer punching that patron in the face.

But a security manager at the club says the tape doesn't show the patron hitting the officer first.

Civil rights activist John C. Barnette met with Salisbury's mayor, police chief and the young woman about the alleged assault.

"We're not running with the race card," Barnette said. "This is an African American cop that we have issues with."

"I realized as soon as I saw it that it was something that would need to be investigated," said Susan Kluttz, Salisbury's mayor.

Barnette says the video is causing more people to come forward with complaints about police officers.

"It saddens me to know that I get emails every night about police harassment," Barnette said.

"I was disappointed to hear that," the mayor said, "Because I think people in this community have great respect for our police chief."

The SBI and the Salisbury police are investigating the alleged attack while the officer in the video, Kareem Purando, has been suspended with pay.

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  • by choke on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    I do know that cops will grab a person by the throat to stop them from swallowing drugs and that it done so the person will not harm them self. and that is cool to do. because if they did not and the person die then it would be cops fought. so maybe she had drugs in her mouth.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Wow. Craig is scary.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    To Silly person @1040: White's are just tired of seeing a white cop crucified for doing his job in a black neighborhood. When you see a 'high profile' case on TV involving a white cop & black perp, it is spun a certain way. It could be the media is to blame for all this diversity. After such an event a circus usually ensues with the Rev this or that, the NAACP... I am always relieved when the cop is black. A white cop (& there are some good & bad ones as in any occupation/race) can't win either way in some situations. Growing up I was taught to respect the law. I say "sir", "yes sir", "no sir". Maybe if the young lady in the bar that night had used her manners, she wouldn't have been man handled in that way. It did appear to be an excessive use of force, but I can't help but wonder what she said to provoke it. I work for the general public, & can attest to the fact that it is an unpleasant experience at times. Particularly when alcohol is involved. We need to learn to get along.
  • by Silly Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    Do white people pull the race card? What does that have to do with all these black people getting clocked and chocked by the black officer? Silly people, everyone knows whites don't have rights. Race card? HAHAHAHAHAAHAHHA. That is funny.
  • by Craig Crawley Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    These clubs and bars all need shut down by riot police, and banned. If you go to them, you deserve to go to jail. This country needs to be run as a police state. I'm tired of you sissie libs taking away the rights of cops to beat down anyone they want. In my ideal version of America, police are judge, jury and executioner. If you don't like that, tough. I watched them cops at the G-20 being abused by protesters and reacting patiently. It's a shame. They should have been allowed to open up on them with automatic weapons, but noo.. cops authority is being strangled by libs.
  • by JACKHAMMER Location: WOODLAND on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    Another cop with a badge.Tax payers have no rights if there is alcohol involved,AS Manning whould say the officer did no wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    Was there alcohol involved? The cops were there for a reason... People have completely lost respect for any authority figure. I thank God it was a black cop this time.
  • by PJ Location: Home on Sep 26, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    It is amazing to me, so many people say they cannot find a job, but they can sure find the money to go to these night clubs. Shut them all down. The officer must have done what he had to do. Nice job officer.
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    What kind of sissy mary goes to a nightclub anyways. Real men go to work. I put in 70 hours a week for 44 years at a stone quarry. When I got off work I wasn't going to some nightclub in some new outfit. I went home and did drywall.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    Looks like the cop got mad and took it personal .Couldn't control his rage that someone could question his athoritah ! To bad, I know many officers that would never have let it go that way. Take his badge off and put him in the ring with that big guy and i'd wager that he got his hind quarter tore off.
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