ILFA just heard this eyewitness testimony about a violent arrest that took place about 40 minutes ago at Franklin and Union. Apparently a suspected shoplifter was running out of one of the stores and was grabbed by an officer, resulting in a short tussle that quickly turned into a rout, with the officer whaling on the suspect to subdue and detain him. This drew a crowd of onlookers, who protested what they felt was an excessive beating. When the witness I spoke with arrived on the scene, a large contingent of officers was arriving (the arresting officer or his partner likely called for backup) and dispersing the crowd, but the arresting officer was, according to the witness, "going berserk," beating the suspect even though he was in handcuffs, roughly shoving him into the squad car, continuing to beat him, and then dragging him out of the squad car to mace him in the face while other officers held the crowd at bay and did nothing to restrain the attacking officer. Onlookers protested, and were told to move along, though many held cell phone cameras aloft. One woman who persisted was threatened by the arresting officer, who the witness said looked "like a madman."
This is obviously a very limited report - if anyone has any additional information or photos, please pass them along.