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Claims of police brutality under investigation in St. Simons Island

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Updated: 12/13/2013 2:45 pm
St. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- More than 30,000 people have already viewed the video, and now many wonder if it shows a case of police brutality.

The entire clip shows how things unfolded the night of December 5th in St. Simons. Witnesses told Action News 70-year-old Kathleen Allegrone just hit a car and refused to open her door to talk with police. The witness, who wants to remain anonymous for now, said that's when the trouble started.

"An officer entered the vehicle, opened the door and pushed her to the ground," he said.

You then see officers pulling her toward their car, but she's seen resisting and heard screaming.

"In my opinion I think she was acting at that point," said the witness.

He said she was belligerent but didn't deserve what happened next. You can hear her body slamming to the ground.

"It really looked like a UFC takedown. Everyone just went silent," he said.

Allegrone accused the officer of breaking her nose.

"The tape doesn't do it justice either, the slam or the anguish anguish(ed) cry afterwards," said the witness.

Seconds later officers were heard asking the witnesses to stop recording. Knowing his rights, the man videotaping refused and said he's happy he kept filming.

"You don't have to be a 70-year-old woman to die from a brain injury or affected for life, and it's just lucky she didn't," said the witness.

The Board of County Commissioners has requested that the Glynn County Police Department conduct its own internal investigation. The chairman of the board told Action News that Chief Matt Doering wants this done pretty quickly. We tried reaching out to Doering, but he has not returned our calls.

The officer in question has been suspended with pay until the investigation is complete.

The investigation surrounds a clip of video posted to YouTube.

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