2013 Metro video

(Courtesy: Daman Dashiznit EL/Facebook)

UPDATE: In 2019, FOX5's Shannon Miller interviewed James Williams, the man in the video, for Forced Trajectory Project. 

"I was on the bridge between [Planet Hollywood] and The Cosmopolitan and two officers stopped me for being known to sell water on the Las Vegas Strip and for having a cooler." According to Williams, the officers had not witnessed him make or propose to make a sale, "[which] the statute that they [were] enforcing requires," he notes.

But rather than simply citing him for breaking the law and going on their way, Williams speculates that the officers were retaliating from an incident prior to July 27.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to the viral resurfacing of a video appearing to show the forceful arrest of a man selling water on the Las Vegas Strip.

The video, which recirculated on Facebook and Twitter with millions of cumulative views, occurred in July 2013, police said. 

The video shows several officers focused on one man, who appears to be in a chokehold by one of the officers. The caption of the video said he was selling water on a pedestrian bridge near the Aria. 

After the video resurfaced, the original poster on Facebook updated the caption to note it happened in 2013.

Las Vegas police on Monday said the video was fully investigated by internal affairs and the investigation "showed no policy violations occurred." 

Police also said the man in the video filed a lawsuit against the department and the lawsuit was dismissed by the courts.

"Please note per Clark County Code 6.04.130 it is illegal to sell any merchandise, goods, items, wares or services on any portion of a public right-of-way.  The officers involved in this incident were conducting a lawful investigation of an individual selling items on a portion of a public right-of way," the department wrote in the emailed statement. 

Metro Police did not confirm the identity of the man in the video. 

Warning: The video below contains graphic language. 

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The black criminal and the American lawman are true enigmas. If there was ever a case of one deviant deserving the other this finally is it. So whatever depth of cruelty and misery each visit upon the other so much more the righteous. One is behind a wave of mob driven hate crime against the innocent citizens and shopkeepers of this country so obvious it glows in the dark. While the other arrives safely when the wreckage concludes to proclaim : "Sorry there Buster. Just random".

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