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South Florida man kicked repeatedly while sitting on curb requests charges against officer

Orlando's police chief says state officials will look into whether an officer used excessive force for repeatedly kicking a man sitting passively on a curb.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Wednesday that he has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Mina's decision came hours after 30-year-old Noel Carter filed an affidavit asking the State Attorney to bring battery charges against the officer who kicked him at least a dozen times — and against another officer.

The two officers were working at a downtown nightclub last Thursday when a bystander captured the kicks on video.

Mina says the video shows only part of what happened. He says Carter and a woman were arguing when the officers intervened. Carter has been charged with domestic battery, among other counts.