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APD Beating Investigation

Updated: Monday, April 15 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

The Asheville Police Department is investigating several of its officers after cell phone video surfaced of a suspect allegedly being tased while in handcuffs.


The family of 20-year-old Roberto Ayala provided the video to News 13's Mario Boone and claims police used excessive force.  His mother said Ayala was walking through Pisgah View Apartments April 1st when he was stopped by four officers.  A struggle ensued that was caught on tape by several bystanders.  Ayala's mother, Faustina Sawyer, claimed it all went down while the man was on the ground in handcuffs.


The Asheville Police Department acknowledged Monday internal affairs is investigating the situation, but declined further comment.  It's unclear who the officers involved are or if they're still on duty during the internal investigation.


Ayala is charged with resisting, possessing drug paraphernalia, and possessing marijuana less than half an ounce.  He remains in jail under a $5,000 bond.


By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com


Follow on Twitter: @marioboone

APD Beating Investigation


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