Friday afternoon, a Vallejo, California police officer was captured on video. He was caught beating a man while he was down on the ground.
Witnesses are demanding justice, as they say he definitely used excessive force.
Authorities say they were called out to a Vallejo gas station. 911 callers said the man was acting “crazy.”
When one Vallejo cop arrived on the scene, the suspect took off running. The chase went on for several minutes.
Eventually, the suspect just sat down. That’s when the officer knocked him down to the ground, according to witnesses.
One witness to KPIX-TV, that “the kid” had already surrendered. However, the cop, who was exhausted by then, came up behind the suspect, dove on him immediately, and “started wailing on him.”
The officer can be seen on video punching the suspect repeatedly with his fists and flashlight while the suspect shouts “I am God, I am God.”
The two appeared to struggle on the ground and the officer — shouting profanities — eventually placed handcuffs on the man.
Neither the suspect nor the officer were identified.
Local law enforcement experts say even though the video was difficult to watch — the officer used appropriate force during the arrest.
“That’s what they’re trained to do,” police trainer Don Cameron told the station. “When we’re down on the ground, we want to get the person in custody as quickly as we can, and we use personal weapons.”
Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said the officer’s initial contact was appropriate but is concerned that he continued using that same force on the suspect after another backup officer rushed to the scene.
The Internal Affairs department is investigating the incident and the officer’s actions, police said.
The confrontation left one officer injured. The suspect faces charges of resisting arrest and being under the influence.