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LAPD investigates scuffles between officers, cyclists

Los Angeles police say they are investigating a confrontation between officers and bicyclists riding in a Hollywood rally in protest of BP and the Gulf oil spill.

The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement Saturday that its internal affairs unit has launched a use-of-force investigation after video of the incident was posted online and a complaint was filed by cyclists.

Police say about 400 people were riding on Hollywood Boulevard Friday, and bike officers were watching for traffic violations and writing citations.

A 91-second video posted on YouTube shows an officer appear to kick at a passing bicyclist. The man holding the camera shouts and curses at the officers, and at least two of them converge on him, but the video goes mostly black and it is difficult to determine what happened afterward.