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Protest arrest caught on camera

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - An encounter between a protester and an Oceanside police officer was caught on tape and is raising questions about use of force.

The incident happened Sunday at an Amnesty International rally near the Oceanside Pier. Witnesses say the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Kevin Corey, was yelling, making noise and being disruptive.

When police tried to subdue him, Corey can be seen struggling. Two officers then drop Corey to the ground and one strikes him in the torso before handcuffing him.

Authorities say the first step to get someone to cooperate is to talk to them. The second is to use reasonable force.

"Based on what I saw I would not say that I saw anything inappropriate. The techniques that I observed on the video are all approved techniques by the Oceanside Police Department," Capt. Fred Armijo said.

Corey was charged with resisting arrest.

Any time there is a use of force incident, the Oceanside Police Department investigates. Their report will determine if the techniques used by officers Sunday were justified.

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