SALEM (WBZ) ― A Salem police officer is off the street after an arrest he made was posted on YouTube.
The video shows Officer Lawrence Puleo getting out of his cruiser, grabbing a man by the throat and pulling him to the ground.
Puleo is a 20-year veteran of the Salem police department.
The video (Warning: Video has swears in it.) sparked an internal look at what happened early Friday morning.
Sgt. Marc Berube said an officer had been assaulted by a bar patron earlier that night while making an arrest.
Sometime later, Puleo arrested 21-year-old Travis Markarian, and it was caught on video. "It's under investigation," said Berube. "I wasn't there and basically what we have right now is that video. We have been having problems up in that area with the bars getting out."
The 21-year-old is one of the four people that were arrested that night. Markarian is facing disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and resisting arrest charges.
Officer Puleo is now on administrative duty.
Sergeant Berube would not put a timetable on how long the investigation would take, he would only say it will be a very thorough one.