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St. Louis police officer lights cigar while detaining suspect

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St. Louis police officer lights cigar while detaining suspect



A St. Louis police officer lit a cigar as he straddled a suspect he had detained on the ground, forcing the department to launch an investigation into the viral incident.

Footage posted online captured the officer borrowing a lighter from another officer for the stogie outside Marquee Restaurant & Lounge last weekend in St. Louis, according to the RiverFrontTimes.

The officer, who was not identified, was seen with his right arm on the suspect’s chest while he lit the cigar with his free hand.

Bystanders and the suspect joked with the officer that they also had lighters to offer.

“Pull your lighter out, bro,” one witness who filmed the exchange quipped. “No, don’t pull it out. They might think you got a gun.”

A St. Louis police officer was seen lighting a cigar as he held a suspect to the ground outside a nightclub. @votp_news/Instagram

At one point, the suspect, lying on his back, attempted to free his hands.

The officer, however, used his free hand to grab the suspect’s arms and restricted his movement.

“Put that man hat one, at least you can do,” the witness pleaded with the man.

The video, which has been seen more than 262,000 times, was first uploaded to Instagram by votp_news.

The officer, who was not identified, was seen with…



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