Florida officers placed on leave after video shows handcuffed suspect being kicked
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Four officers with the Coral Springs Police Department in Florida were placed on administrative leave after a video showed a handcuffed man accused of stealing candy from a convenience store getting kicked. 

The cellphone footage from a bystander appeared to show one officer kick 28-year-old Gabriel Narcisse-Beckford while he’s handcuffed on the ground, WSVN 7 News reported Wednesday.

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The department said that all of the officers involved were placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation.

“We have seen the video of an incident involving some of our officers,” the department said a statement. “We take this matter very seriously.”

The incident occurred on Tuesday night after Narcisse-Beckford allegedly stole a drink and some candy.

Four officers later surrounded Narcisse-Beckford and there was a visible struggle before police used a Taser to subdue him, according to onlookers. He was brought to the curb and sat down when one officer appeared to kick him. 

“I could not believe that this was actually happening right in front of me,” one bystander told WSVN 7 News. “One of the officers Tased him to the ground. He was cooperating, everything was good, and then another officer came, and then he kicked him in the head — straight to his face.”

The unnamed witness recorded the incident on their cell phone and the footage quickly began circulating on social media. He told the outlet he was thankful to have caught the encounter on video.

“This officer probably would have said this never happened,” the viewer said. “This guy did not deserve to get kicked in his head while he was on the ground.”

Narcisse-Beckford was arrested and charged with petit theft, resisting an officer and battery on an officer, according to court records. He remains in the Broward County jail as of Thursday afternoon.