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Newark Police officer Veronica Rivera wears a body camera during a news conference at the Panasonic headquarters unveiling body cameras for officers, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The cameras, which will be worn by officers as part of a federal monitoring agreement, are provided by Panasonic. Newark's police were put under a five-year federal monitoring program last year after a Department of Justice investigation found officers made unconstitutional street stops and engaged in the excessive use of force.

On Dec. 25, 2019, a New Haven, Connecticut, police officer approached a man whose car was parked illegally, and told him to go sit on the sidewalk. 

Within just a few minutes, the situation had escalated to violence. In a video posted on YouTube by a Hartford news station, the officer can be seen slamming the man to the ground, kicking him and pulling his hair. Because the officer was wearing a body camera, it was all caught on tape, and the officer, Jason Santiago, was later charged with third-degree assault.

How do simple police-civilian interactions like this become violent so quickly?

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