Altercation Between Man, Officers In Walmart Goes Viral (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A brutal police beating at a Walmart in Greenville, S.C., has gone viral on the web.

The video (below), which was posted on Facebook by Shay Kilgore, shows two police officers confronting the suspect, Sandon Matthew Sierad, in the store.

Greenville County Master Deputy Jonathan Smith told WSPA that deputies responded to a call of an intoxicated man at the Walmart at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The man appeared to be disoriented and wasn't following the deputies' orders so they used a Taser on him, which didn't work, according to Master Deputy Smith.

The cell phone video shows the deputies subduing Sierad, and one deputy repeatedly pounding Sierad with a closed fist as horrified shoppers beg him to stop.

The Huffington Post notes that witnesses say the deputy punched Sierad more than 10 times.

Master Deputy Smith wouldn't comment on the shocking video, but added that the Greenville County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

The deputies believed that Sierad was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but also claim he tried to break into a cash register, harassed Walmart employees, called 911 to report that his car was missing and accused the 911 operator of stealing it.

Sierad was charged with multiple crimes: resisting arrest, third-degree assault and battery, breach of peace and disorderly conduct.

Today, the deputy who punched Sierad was placed on administrative leave per the investigation, reported Fox Carolina.

Sources: Fox Carolina, The Huffington Post, WSPA