KCMO police officer is suspended after accusations of excessive force

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Photo of Alfredo Ponce after his arrest on October 5th, 2013.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has suspended an officer over the possibility that he used excessive force during an arrest.

The officer had arrested 21-year-old Alfredo Ponce, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery that took place October 5 in Kansas City, Mo. Later that same day after being spotted alone in a stolen vehicle, Ponce had tried to run from officers, but they were able to catch up with him a short distance from the vehicle.

During the arrest, officers said that Ponce had resisted and assaulted two of the officers. A mug shot has been released of Ponce showing what he looked like after being booked into jail.

A statement released by the police department said:

“During an internal review of the arrest information, which is a normal internal process, it was determined that an officer who was involved in the arrest responded in a manner that required further review. This review is currently being investigated as a possible criminal offense of assault.”

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