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U. of Iowa student: Police hurt him, mistook him for Hispanic

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A University of Iowa student claims police are lying about the details surrounding his arrest -- and says he has the video to prove it.

It's all based on a September arrest near campus.

We asked the Johnson County Attorney for a copy of the video, but she couldn't release it because this is an active case.

Grayson Scogin was able to get the video of his arrest, and KWWL's Michelle Corless sat down and watched it with him.

He still has a hard time watching it. He feels he didn't do anything wrong. In the video, you can hear Scogin asking the officer what he did.

It all starts when the officer claims Scogin nearly walked into a car, though we don't see that on the dash cam video.

Scogin says he thinks he was stopped because of the color of his skin.

In a report, the officer calls Scogin "white with Hispanic origin."

"I told him I was white twice, which is true despite the fact that I'm very tan," said Scogin. "He continued to list me as Hispanic."

That's why Scogin is sharing the video of his arrest.

"I really felt that there was a lack of accountability in the University of Iowa police force," said Scogin.

The officer says it took four of them to get handcuffs on Scogin. The video does show multiple officers.

Before they arrive, you can hear Scogin saying, "my hands are behind my head."

The day after his arrest, Scogin went to the emergency room. He says the pictures don't show how badly he was really hurt.

KWWL reached out to University of Iowa Public Safety and a university spokesperson, and was told the university does not comment on pending litigation.

Scogin says that while he was drinking that night, he doesn't feel he was drunk.

Scogin is charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. He is currently waiting for his day in court.

To watch the video Scogin posted online, click herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebrxd4qROd0&feature=youtu.be
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