05/15/2013 09:01 pm ET Updated May 16, 2013

Cotati Police Brutality Alleged After Release Of Viral Video (VIDEO)


Police in the small Northern California town of Cotati have come under fire after a video alleging possible police brutality was released on YouTube.

According to the Press Democrat, the incident occurred on May 10 while officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call. Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish told the Press Democrat that the department received a call at 3:48 p.m. from a concerned neighbor who heard a heated argument coming from inside the house.

In the video, officers can be seen outside the house, asking the couple to come outside. When the man and woman refuse, officers inform them that they will be entering the home.

The couple claims the police do not have a warrant, and that there is no domestic violence in the house. Officers then ask if there are children in the house, to which the couple replies that there is one child inside and another playing outside.

"Why are you guys not coming out?" asks the officer.

"Because we don't live in a police state, sir," responds the man. "Martial Law has not been established in this country."

Officers then kick open the door with weapons drawn and tell the couple to get on the ground. When they refuse, the officer appears to tase them.

The video was posted on YouTube and several other sites with over 100,000 views at the time of publication.

According to Patch, Chief Parish said that the department is "conducting an administrative review of the incident to make sure all policies and procedures were followed."

The Cotati Police Department did not immediately respond to calls for comment from The Huffington Post.

Watch the video below (CAUTION: Footage may be sensitive for some viewers):

UPDATE: According to CBS, the man in the video is James Wood, 33, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. The Cotati Police Department told CBS that officers forced entry into the home because they were responding to a domestic violence call and could not leave without making sure everyone in the home was safe. "To do so would be a neglect of duty," read a release.



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