The FBI has joined an investigation into whether a Laguna Beach police officer used excessive force while making an arrest that was videotaped by a resident last summer in South Laguna.
The FBI's focus is whether police violated the civil rights of Kevin Dunbar, 25, who alleges that a police officer kicked him in the face during the arrest, FBI spokesman Jim Neilson said Monday. While the investigation continues, the FBI will not release other information, Neilson said.
Laguna Beach Police Chief Neil J. Purcell said Monday that an FBI agent contacted the department's record office late last week seeking copies of the arrest report and the officer's report of the incident. That has been the only contact the FBI has made with the department, he said.
The FBI's investigation began Feb. 20, two months after the Orange County district attorney's office and the Laguna Beach Police Department began investigating the incident.