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FBI joins investigation of police beating

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This video frame taken by KTVI-TV shows Maplewood, Mo Police kicking and punching Edmon Burns, 33, after three police cruisers ramed his van after Burns refused to stop. Police initally were watching Burns casing a gas station.

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – The FBI is now part of the investigation into the beating of a suspect by police.

Black activists in St. Louis are calling for the firing of the four police officers who were shown on live television Monday hitting and kicking a suspect after a car chase.

What could not be clearly seen on the video was how much the suspect was resisting.

The chase began in Maplewood, after officers said they noticed a man in a van acting suspiciously. It ended in St. Louis.

The suspect is 33-year-old Edmon Burns. He was treated at a hospital and released, and is jailed. No charges have been filed.

Three of the officers are from the Maplewood department, and one is from St. Louis city.

The Highway Patrol is investigating at Maplewood's request. The FBI is looking into possible civil rights violations.

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