Kansas City police seen on live TV punching, kneeing sprawled suspect; review underway

Less than an hour after officers were captured on live television punching and kneeing a man they were arresting following a high-speed chase, Kansas City police said they were reviewing the officers' actions.

The incident began around 10 a.m. in the 8700 block of Winner Road when a suspect pointed a gun at another person and threatened to kill them if they didn't get out of their vehicle, police said.

The suspect then drove off in the victim’s vehicle.

As police were talking to the victim and collecting evidence, the suspect drove back by the crime scene, at which time police began their pursuit.

Police said the pursuit lasted for almost 30 minutes, during which the suspect "drove recklessly and endangered numerous drivers."

The man was arrested after he drove into a park area near Ninth Street and Utley Avenue in Northeast Kansas City. The man bailed out of a moving SUV and ran several yards before he tripped and fell face down. The suspect appeared to have surrendered.

A group of Kansas City officers quickly swarmed over him. As the man lay on the ground with his hands behind his back, one officer wearing black gloves repeatedly punched the suspect on his back. The officer also kneed the suspect in the side of his torso.

A second officer rushed up and repeatedly kneed the man several times in the side of his torso.

A KCTV5 and KSHB television news helicopter captured the pursuit and the arrest.

Police later said in a written statement that they were reviewing "all aspects of the incident, including whether the actions of the apprehending officers adhere to department policy."

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