(Memphis) Cellphone video of the arrest of a man at Oak Court Mall is causing plenty of controversy.
It shows Officer Bob Parker pepper spraying Stedmon Fentress then hitting him with a baton, two times, once when he was already on the ground.
Nobody knows for sure what happened before a witness started recording, and police aren't talking
But a police affidavit says Officer Parker was off duty and working security at Oak Court Mall.
He tried to break up a fight and Fentress started mouthing off.
Fentress's sister says that's no excuse.
"I believe his badge needs to be stripped and he should no longer be an employee of Oak Court Mall," said Shannah Fentress.
Memphis Police are investigating, and the police union calls Oak Court Mall.
"That mall is known to be a problem area right now, so I’m quite sure they are trying to restore the serenity," said Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams.
Williams watched the video and wants to know how this started before saying it could be excessive force.
For the time being, he says it seems Officer Parker followed proper protocol.
"Based upon what I saw I would definitely like to believe that particular officer was doing what he thought was necessary to affect the arrest," said Williams.
Williams says police are trained to deescalate volatile situations like this, and the way an officer reacts depends on the circumstance.