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NEW ORLEANS, LA (KTVI)- Brady Becker, 17, says he was attempting to defend his friend when he intervened in an altercation with two other men who turned out to be sheriff’s deputies. The incident happened on February 13th at a Mardis Gras parade in New Orleans. According to WDSU, the incident was captured on cellphone video and posted to YouTube. It begins with the seventeen-year-old being held down on the ground by a man who has his hand around the teen’s throat. Moments later, the situation escalates when the man begins punching him in the face.

The teen says he wasn’t aware that the man was an officer. “I thought this was some random guy, you know, waving his gun at everybody,” said Becker.

Authorities say Becker and his friend were yelling “(expletive) the cops” when they were approached by the deputies.

Becker was ultimately booked on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and inciting a riot.

The FBI’s civil-rights division is investigating the incident.

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