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Violent arrest of Western student causes controversy

School officials defend London, Ont. police and campus security after 22-year-old student punched numerous times

A video posted on the Internet showing the violent arrest of a student at the University of Western Ontario is stirring controversy at the school.

School officials are defending the actions of London police and campus security in the arrest of the 22-year-old student, who was punched by officers numerous times.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows the student being held down by at least five officers as he is punched repeatedly in the hallway of a campus building Wednesday.

Director of campus police Elgin Austen says the student led officers on a chase through the building and people viewing the video alone may get the wrong impression.

He says the student was violent and out of control and the use of force was justified.

The student, who Austen described as about 6 foot 2 and more than 200 pounds, was taken to hospital for observation and then released into police custody.

Irnes Zeljkovic has been charged with mischief under $5000, assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and escaping custody.

– The Canadian Press

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