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UPDATE: Two Jasper officers now on paid leave pending brutality investigation

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UPDATE: Two Jasper police officers are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into claims of police brutality.  Jasper City Councilman Alton Scott told 12News Officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham were placed on leave Thursday.

Keyarika Diggles says video taken by surveillance cameras inside the Jasper police station provides evidence that she was the victim of police brutality.

On May 5, Diggles was arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket, and says that's the only thing of which she's guilty.  But police have charged her with resisting arrest.

Diggles says the arresting officer was pleasant at first, even allowing her to call her mother for money to pay the $150 fine.  But after it seemed she was not going to be able to collect the full amount, Diggles claims the officer snapped.

Diggles obtained surveillance video from the Jasper police department.  She shared it exclusively with 12News Wednesday.

The video shows the officer pushing Diggles, then another officer arrives, and he's seen slamming Diggles' head against a counter top.

Captain Gerald Hall has identified the officers as Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham.  The video shows them dragging Diggles by her feet to the cell.

Diggles says she received no medical treatment.

Her video has mobilized civil rights leaders in Jasper and also Councilman Alton Scott, who are demanding answers.

Captain Hall says the police department has already started its own internal investigation into the incident.  He says that's standard procedure any time an officer uses force.

Councilman Scott has asked the mayor to call a special city council meeting to discuss the matter.

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