Video of Friday’s incident showed an officer repeatedly striking an allegedly intoxicated suspect with his forearm and flashlight.
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Witnesses said the suspect resisted arrest for a few minutes before eventually sitting on a median, where a responding officer tackled him.
The suspect could be heard repeatedly yelling “I am God” as he struggled with police throughout the episode, which is being reviewed by internal affairs.
Cops were dispatched to a gas station north of San Francisco following a 911 report concerning a man acting “crazy,” the station reported.
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At one point, the initial officer on scene yells “get the f— back” while unholstering his gun and pointing it in the direction of onlookers, one of which yelled “police brutality” during the exchange.
“I understand that the officer needed to try to keep the people from getting close to him, but I don’t necessarily agree that’s the best use of force,” former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told CBS Bay Area.
Witness video shows a Vallejo cop’s encounter with the suspect.
It does look inappropriate.” “It does look bad.
The suspect, meanwhile, faces charges of being under the influence and resisting arrest.
Residents of a northern California community are demanding answers after witnesses say a man was brutally beaten by a Vallejo policeman.