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Guelph police punch 64-year-old man during forceful arrest (video) (update)

Guelph Police say the 64-year old man was wanted on a warrant from the OPP
Guelph Police
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A video of Guelph police officers forcefully arresting a 64-year-old man has gone viral after entertainment channel 6ixbuzztv posted it on Instagram and Twitter.

The SIU has invoked its mandate. 

In the video, an officer is seen struggling with the man as he tries to fight back on the doorstep of a home. The officer hits him in the face multiple times while the man grabs the officer by the leg.

A second officer comes in to assist and is heard saying “stop resisting.” After some struggle, the man is turned over on his stomach and dragged inside the home a few steps while both officers try to place him in handcuffs.

The caption on the post credits Guelph's Mercury Tribune for the video.

In a release, Guelph police say the man was wanted on a warrant from the Ontario Provincial Police and a “struggle ensued” when the man resisted arrest.

The man has been additionally charged with resist arrest and was released after his court date was set for April 30.

Guelph police did not comment further on what the man was initially wanted for, the use of force or the video in circulation.

Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie said on Twitter that a formal complaint has been made, and an investigation is underway.

But while he can't comment on investigations while they're ongoing, Guthrie pointed out he takes these matters seriously.

With files from 680 NEWS.

NOTE: The video has graphic language.

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