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Cop in punching video placed on leave

The New Albany police officer who was seen on a video punching an Oxford man in the face during an altercation on Saturday during the Ole Miss vs. LSU game has been suspended with pay pending a completed investigation by the University of Mississippi and the FBI.

The Ole Miss Police Department has asked the FBI to conduct an independent investigation of the incident involving a temporary officer and a fan during the Ole Miss-LSU football game on Nov. 21. FBI officials arrived on campus this afternoon to begin their review.

“We do not tolerate violent behavior on our campus, and our request for an independent FBI investigation should make it clear that we are taking this situation very seriously,” UPD Chief Tim Potts said.

 The officer, who was not identified by the New Albany Police Department, was hired as part-time help during the game and is a police officer with the New Albany Police Department.

“We will review the matter as more information becomes available,” said New Albany Police Chief Christopher Robertson.  Any inquiries about the investigation of the incident should be directed to the University of Mississippi.”

The video showed a verbal disagreement between two officers and Oxford resident Chris Barnes when one of the officers punched Barnes in the face causing multiple injuries, according to a Facebook post by Barnes’ wife, Holly.

Read the EAGLE Tuesday for more information.