Freeport man claims his father was victim of police brutality

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A Freeport man claims his father, who was arrested by police Tuesday, is the victim of police brutality.

Video of the alleged incident seems to show the man, confirmed to be Akbar Rogers by the Freeport Village attorney, being held down, punched and tased by Freeport officers.

The attorney says the man reached for his waistband multiple times, and that the officers were just acting to protect themselves and the community.

Rogers son, Rahquell Rogers, and friends call the incident an act of brutality.

News 12 is told the man was wanted on an outstanding warrant. He is also accused of physical harassment and numerous traffic and vehicle violations.

Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy asked the Nassau District Attorney to look into the matter. Freeport Village spokesperson Brian Finnegan confirmed to News 12 that the mayor's son was one of the officers in the video.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran called for an independent investigation into the incident, saying in part, "I have viewed the video and have many questions... At this time, I am asking all to remain calm and patient as the investigation unfolds."

 

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