- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A New Albany police officer has been suspended with pay during an investigation about whether he punched a spectator at Saturday’s Ole Miss-LSU football game.

The New Albany Police Department did not release the name of the officer, who worked part time to help the University of Mississippi Police Department provide security at the game, the Oxford Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1XmL1uU ).

University Police Chief Tim Potts said in a news release Monday that his department asked the FBI to conduct an independent investigation of the incident, which was caught on a cellphone video and posted to Facebook. The video, which appeared to be shot from several seats away, showed an officer punching a man who was standing in the bleachers near other Ole Miss fans. Because of announcements and music played over the loudspeakers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the video does not capture what was said between multiple officers and the man who was punched.

“We do not tolerate violent behavior on our campus, and our request for an independent FBI investigation should make it clear that we are taking this situation very seriously,” Potts said.

Jason Pack, spokesman for the FBI in Mississippi, said in a statement that agents are in touch with university police. Pack said they will review the incident and consult with the U.S. attorney about “the appropriate course of action.”

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