Police Accused of Assaults

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Two New Orleans police officers repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another city officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.

NOPD Captain Marlon Defillo said Sunday there will be a criminal investigation, and three New Orleans Police Department officers will be suspended, arrested and charged with simple battery.

Defillo watched the APTN footage with about a dozen other high-ranking police department officials Sunday and said the video was
"troubling ... no doubt about it."

The tape shows an officer hitting the man at least four times in the head Saturday night as he stood outside a bar.

Meanwhile, an officer ordered an APTN producer and cameraman to stop recording. When the producer held up his credentials and explained he was working, the officer leaned him backward over a car, jabbed him in the stomach and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade.

The assaults come as the department struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resignation last month of Police Superintendent Eddie Compass.