Police in Venice are defending an internal investigation into a controversial arrest that was caught on tape in December outside a Motel 6.

In the video, officers are seen punching, kicking, and using force against a suspect.

ABC-7 reports that Venice officials say the man was “actively kicking while on the ground, so they believe the amount of force was reasonable.”

The two men involved in the incident plan on filing suit against the Venice PD later this year.