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Dover Police Investigating Rehoboth Beach Arrest

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Cellphone video stills of the April 7 arrest. Cellphone video stills of the April 7 arrest.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Rehoboth Beach police say the Dover Police Department's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating the arrest of a man at a Rehoboth motel that was recorded by a witness.

The recording shows Rehoboth police officers tasering 34-year-old Jeremy Anderson of Harrisburg, Pa., several times. As Anderson is being handcuffed, the video shows one officer kicking his head against the concrete. That officer has been identified as Corporal Robert Tyler Whitman, a 12-year veteran at the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.

According to records from the Sussex County Family Court in Georgetown, Whitman's wife filed a protection of abuse order against her husband in 2009. This prohibited Whitman from carrying a gun and temporarily suspended him from the police force without pay. However, Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks says the protection of abuse order will not be considered during the internal investigation.

Banks says Dover Police have interviewed all three police officers shown in the video, including Whitman and any witnesses to the arrest, both before and after the video was recorded.

"What is the cop tasering him?" John Lynch, of Rehoboth Beach, asked, while watching the viral cellphone video of the April 7 arrest for the first time.

"I tired to look at the body language," said Lucy Engle, of Rehoboth Beach, as she watched the video. "It looked like he was resisting a little bit."

Rehoboth police responded to a call of a disorderly male outside the Crosswinds Motel on Rehoboth Avenue. The motel's desk clerk says Anderson was asking for the key to a room that was not under his name, and when denied, he began screaming profanities and verbally abusing her.

Rehoboth police say when officers arrived on scene, Anderson continued acting disorderly and made a threatening gesture towards one officer.

The Dover Police Department will conduct the investigation into the nature of the arrest. Banks says the investigation should be completed within the next two weeks. Until then, Whitman is the only officer on administrative leave with pay.

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