Video Showing Arizona Police Car Intentionally Ramming Armed Man Raises Excessive Force Question


In this Feb. 19, 2015, frame grab from a dash cam video provided by the Marana Police Department, a police vehicle hits Mario Valencia.

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Dramatic dash camera video released this week shows a suburban Tuscon police officer striking a man armed with a rifle with his patrol car in February, an incident that is raising questions about police use of force in what appears to be a quickly evolving, dangerous situation.

The video footage shows Mario Valencia, 36, walking along a sidewalk in a business district brandishing a rifle. One moment he is pointing the rifle at police. In another, he is pointing it at his head.

The audio is equally tense as an officer is heard saying: "One round just went out into the sky. It's definitely unlocked now, it's definitely loaded," in regard to the rifle.

"Stand off, the gun is loaded," an officer warns.

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