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9News Investigators: Police chief issues statement on incident outside Varsity Theatre

Officer grabs man's cell phone. (Source: Varsity Theater Surveillance Video) Officer grabs man's cell phone. (Source: Varsity Theater Surveillance Video)
Officers arrest Daniel Clement. (Source: Varsity Theater Surveillance Video) Officers arrest Daniel Clement. (Source: Varsity Theater Surveillance Video)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The police chief of Baton Rouge released a brief statement Thursday related to the internal investigation that stemmed from officers' actions in handling a rowdy crowd outside a venue.

"After reviewing all of the evidence in the internal investigation concerning officers (Joshua) Kirst and (Brandon) Blackwell, I am unable to sustain any complaint of departmental policy violations against either officer," Police Chief Carl Dabadie said in a written release. "I am, however, sending Officer Blackwell to attend remedial training on crowd control and methods on how to de-escalate a potentially violent crowd."

The incident happened outside the Varsity Theatre on Dec. 22, 2014. The investigation followed claims by Daniel Clement, 22, of Flint Hill, Virginia, that he was thrown to the ground and arrested while trying to video the actions of police officers.

Investigators obtained a copy of surveillance video from the Varsity Theater, which captured police using mace, cuffing a number of people and slamming some to the ground.

Witnesses said paramedics were first called to the scene to assist a woman who had passed out after a holiday party that was being held inside. Police were then called to the scene "in reference to EMS and Fire needing assistance with a large hostile crowd making threats and not letting them do their jobs," a responding officer wrote in his probable cause report tied to Clement's arrest.

Lawsuits were filed after the incident and are still pending.

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