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San Juan officer fired after video shows him attacking handcuffed man

San Juan police Chief Juan Gonzalez fired an officer Thursday, roughly two weeks after CBS 4 News broadcast body camera video that showed the officer attacking a handcuffed man. (CBS 4 News)

San Juan police Chief Juan Gonzalez fired an officer Thursday, three weeks after body cameras worn by fellow cops showed the officer attacking a handcuffed man.

Attorney Ricardo Navarro, who represents the City of San Juan, said the police chief indefinitely suspended Officer J.P. Galindo on Thursday.

Body camera footage from Dec. 14 shows police escorting a handcuffed man toward a police vehicle.

Another police vehicle arrives and the driver, Galindo, approaches the handcuffed man. They exchange words. Galindo grabs the man's shoulder and knees him in the groin.

The handcuffed man screams and officers place him in a vehicle.

Galindo was suspended the next day.

CBS 4 News obtained a copy of the video and broadcast the footage on Dec. 18.

Gonzalez couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. During a previous interview, Gonzalez said the incident remained under investigation.

"I got zero tolerance for that type of behavior and I think it's important for us to take appropriate action," Gonzalez said. "We've been consulting with other state agencies and the district attorney's office as well to make sure how to proceed with this case."

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