A police officer in California, who was caught on video viciously beating a man, has received criticism from eyewitnesses who maintain that the cop used excessive force.
On Friday afternoon, police were dispatched to a gas station in Vallejo where a man was acting “crazy.”
One arriving officer pursued the suspect for several minutes before the suspect sat down on the street and was knocked to the ground.
“The kid surrendered,” one witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told KPIX-TV. “The cop came up right behind him, and he was tired too, but he dove on the kid and started wailing on him.”
The officer is seen on the video repeatedly punching the suspect with his fists and flashlight while the suspect is heard yelling: “I am God, I am God.”
The two struggled on the ground and the cop — shouting profanities — eventually fastened handcuffs on the man.
Neither individual involved in the incident has been identified.
Local law enforcement experts say even though the video was hard to watch — the cop used proper force during the arrest, KPIX reported.
“That’s what they’re trained to do,” police trainer Don Cameron said. “When we’re down on the ground, we want the person in custody as quickly as we can, and we use personal weapons.”
Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan added that the cop’s initial contact was appropriate but is worried that he continued using that same force on the suspect after another backup officer arrived on the scene.
Internal Affairs is currently investigating the altercation and the officer’s behavior.
The incident left one officer injured, and the suspect is facing charges of being under the influence and resisting arrest.