Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

California officer on leave after takedown of jaywalker

California officer on leave after takedown of jaywalker

"The videos of this incident portray actions and behavior that we would consider unacceptable conduct by a Sacramento Police officer", said a department news release. Now, internal investigations are reviewing what exactly happened Monday during the arrest.

The officer got out of his auto in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood and tried to speak with the man.

In the exchange on a residential street, the man says the officer stopped him "for nothing", then says "if you were a real man, you would take your gun away and fight me like a real man".

A California police officer is seen on video hurling a jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the face has been put on administrative leave while authorities investigate, officials said Tuesday.

The officer tackles Caine onto the tarmac and straddles him while punching him in the face several times as a woman in a vehicle who is filming the incident yells out, "Hey, hey... why are you beating like that?"

Cain was walking home from work, according to Naomi Monaie, the neighbor who recorded the encounter and uploaded the video to Facebook on Monday.

In the end, seven officers surround the man who lies handcuffed in the street. The pedestrian, Cain, "was observed crossing the street unlawfully near the intersection of Cypress Street and Grand Avenue in North Sacramento".

The officer can be heard on it shouting for the man to get on the ground, and threatening to take him down.

The two argued and the man took off his jacket and challenged the officer to fight, police said.

The officer then got out of the vehicle and tried to detain the man, but he walked away, the police statement said. Once on the ground, the officer can be seen delivering multiple punches to the man's face. After a few minutes, additional officers arrived and helped subdue the suspect.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg also criticized the officer. "This evening, the involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation". At approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, he was released from custody and issued a court date for his outstanding warrant, police say. The videos are being reviewed for possible release to the public.

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