Officer under fire for turning off dashcam

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri (KSDK) – Dash cam video showing an arrest is suddenly turned off by a St. Louis police officer. Now the man arrested is filing a lawsuit against officers claiming excessive force.

A spokesperson for the city says the officer that turned off the camera violated a policy and has been disciplined.

St. Louis city police say they pulled over Cortez Bufford and a passenger on April 10, 2014, after his car matched a description to a shots fired call. Police say they tried to get him out of the car, but he did not comply. You can hear a man screaming and see a struggle ensue in the police dash cam video. A few officers kick Bufford as he continues to fight back, then an officer uses a taser on him.

They are on the ground for nearly two minutes when you hear an officer say, “we are red right now,” which means the camera is on, and then the camera shuts off.

“Hold up, everybody hold up, we are red right now, so if you guys are worried about the cameras just wait,” the unidentified officer said.

The attorney for Cortez Bufford says there was no reason for the police to pull over his client, and no reason for officers to kick him.

“You watch the foot go back and the foot go forward, now I think you can go to the police academy for a long time before they say the right move is to kick they guy,” Bevis Schock, Bufford’s representative, said.

During the struggle police found a 9mm pistol, 5 live rounds, and marijuana on Bufford. Bufford was charged with resisting arrest, along with drug and gun possession, but those charges were later dropped.

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