A man who was hit 10 times with a baton by a Sacramento police officer on Friday evening later died in custody. A bystander recorded the incident on video, showing the unidentified man being beaten by a female officer while a male officer restrained him.
The video obtained by CBS13 shows a man in his early 40s outside a Metro PCS store. He is hit with a baton while being held down. Eventually, officers realized he was not breathing.
According to a statement released by the Sacramento Police Department, officers responded to a call from a female employee at 5:46 p.m. on Friday, after the man entered her store speaking unintelligibly. She claimed she feared for her safety. When officers arrived, the suspect reportedly re-entered the store and attempted to barricade himself inside with the female employee.
When he resisted officers, pepper spray and batons were used. Additional officers were called in. As they tried to place the man in custody, a violent struggle allegedly ensued. He assaulted an officer, the release says, and another officer struck him with the baton and sprayed pepper spray in order to free the other officer. Neither measure, reportedly, had any effect on the man.
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The release says two citizens attempted to help the officer by kicking and striking the assailant. A security guard also hit the man with his baton.
The man was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The cause of death has not yet been released.
The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide, Internal Affairs and Crime Scene Investigations Units are cooperating with the Sacramento Office of Public Safety Accountability and the County District Attorney's Office, according to the release.