Man seen on video being punched by Columbus Police appears in court

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The man at the center of a viral video allegedly showing excessive use of force by Columbus Police appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Maurice Taylor, 35, appeared in Franklin County court on three misdemeanor charges, including failure to disclose personal information, resisting arrest, and open container. 

READ MORE: CPD releases body camera after video of officer using force on suspect goes viral

His interaction with a Columbus Division of Police officer went viral over the last 48 hours after an officer appears to strike and use a stun gun on Taylor after he allegedly did not comply with the officer’s orders when confronted about drinking a beer in a public space. 

That incident took place Monday night. Taylor was given a $1,000 recognizance bond, meaning he will get out of jail Wednesday. A local representative from the YMCA was also at the arraignment on Taylor’s behalf, telling the judge that Taylor is part of the YMCA and works with social workers there, adding they want to support him through this. 

Columbus Police are looking in to the video, as is their police any time force is used during an arrest. 

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