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Dover Man Accuses Police of Brutality, Dover PD Disputes Story

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A Dover man says he was beaten by police during an arrest, but police tell WBOC that's not what happened.

Antonio Barlow has a number of fresh wounds on his body. He claims there are from Dover police officers beating him while he was being arrested last week.

Barlow currently faces drug charges, loitering and resisting arrest following the incident.

Friends and family of Barlow, with support from leadership in the NAACP, marched through Dover Tuesday accusing city police of brutality and demanding justice.

Barlow says he was with a group standing near the corner of Queen and Reed Streets Wednesday night when a car pulled up. He says there were concerns about possible retaliation in connection to a previous shooting.

"Everybody took off running," he said. "I'm running down Reed Street. They're chasing after me. I didn't see who it was until I got down Reed."

According to a news release, Dover police officers responded to a report of a person with a handgun. The department says an officer deployed a Taser.

"My body shut down," Barlow said. "I just felt them beating on me. I was in and out of consciousness. I woke up in a pool of blood."

Police Chief Jim Hosfelt disputes Barlow's story.

"There was an officer who deployed his Taser. The Taser hit Barlow, at which point he went to the ground and slid across Reed Street," Hosfelt said.

Hosfelt said the scars are from that sliding, not police beating Barlow.

The chief says he has proof of that version of events. The city has a surveillance camera at the corner of Reed and Kirkwood. Hosfelt said it points down Reed right at the spot where Barlow was arrested and caught the whole incident.

"I have reviewed it," Hosfelt said. "My entire staff has reviewed it. I can assure the public there was no wrongdoing on the part of the police department."

Barlow disagrees there was not any wrongdoing.

Hosfelt will not release the video. WBOC pressed him on the issue. But he says it is department policy. Hosfelt added, however, it could come out in a court proceeding down the road.

Legal action is still a possibility. Bishop GE Gordon of the Dover chapter of the NAACP said community leaders are exploring options.

"Something is wrong here," he said. "I'm going to be pushing for the NAACP to come and back this situation."

For now, there's the march and Barlow's request to police.

"I just want them to admit what they did," said Barlow. It's not right, man. It's not right."

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