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Philly Cop Beats Man With Baton

Just two weeks after a video of a Philadelphia police officer slugging a woman went viral, another recording has surfaced on the Internet, showing a cop beating a man with his baton.

The video, was posted Sunday, showing a bearded man arguing wildly with two bouncers and a police officer during an Oktoberfest block party Sept. 29 on South Street near 7th.

The man, whom police identified as John Scrivano, 43, of Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, shouts in the face of a Philly police officer, while a woman with Scrivano yells loudly and repeatedly for him to stop. Officer William J. Gress, a bike cop who often patrols the South Street area, is shown putting his hand on Scrivano’s chest as the man nears a wall.

And then all hell breaks loose.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said Scrivano was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and simple assault for his encounter with the bouncers.

So whats your thoughts? Is this excessive force? Who really instigated the fight?