FBI Investigating Search by Va. Police Officer

September 15, 2010

The FBI is investigating whether or not a search by Newport News police violated a man's civil rights. FBI spokesman Phil Mann says the investigation began last week.

Newport News school board member Pricilla Burnett claims that police conducted an improper search of her 28-year-old son's rectal cavity. She also alleges that police hit her son with a baton and pepper-sprayed him after he was handcuffed.

Police spokesman Harold Eley says police tried to issue a summons to Burnett's son, Ashley Burnett Jr., September 2 for impeding traffic by walking on the middle of a road. Eley says the younger Burnett refused to sign the paper and resisted arrest.

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