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Police check on a man injured during an arrest. (Screengrab)

Police check on a man injured during an arrest. (Screengrab)

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Rocklands residents were up in arms on Monday when a man, visibly injured, was arrested by police.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the man can be seen lying on the ground and residents shouting at the police.

A resident can be heard saying: "They shot him in the head".

Western Cape police said the incident was taken "out of context".

Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said no shots were fired during the incident.

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"Crime Prevention Unit members were busy on Heron Street when they approached a group of men, who fled upon the arrival of SAPS," he said.

"One of the suspects, a 43-year-old male resisted arrest and, in the process, sustained a cut to his head."

Traut added that the man was arrested and had received treatment at a hospital, before being discharged. 

In a separate video, the man - with a bandage on his head, at what looks like a police station - is asked if he was shot. "I wasn’t shot," he says.

Traut said the suspect was arrested on charges of possession of mandrax, resisting arrest and assault of a police officer.

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