Two U.S. Marines, Cpl. Robert Reginato and Cpl. Gabriel Talley, claim they were trying to render aid to an unconscious man when two San Diego police officers assaulted and arrested them.
The officers were wearing body cameras, which recorded some of the Sept. 21 incident on video (below).
"What you're seeing here appears to be an assault and battery under color of authority," Paul Neuharth, an attorney for one of the Marines, told 10 News.
Neuharth said one Marine was celebrating his birthday, while the other was celebrating his return from combat in Afghanistan. The two servicemen noticed an unconscious man on a public sidewalk, while officers were arresting a suspect nearby.
The Marines tried to render first aid to the man, but the cops told them to move away. One of the Marines was thrown on the ground by an officer, while a second Marine charged the other cop. However, both sides tell different stories of who is to blame.
The officers' police report claims the Marines were "hitting, grabbing, pushing, struggling and violently resisting them."
According to NBC San Diego, the Marines were charged with assault and battery.
"We can only file criminal charges when we believe we can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt, as we do in this case," said Steve Walker, communications director for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. "We are moving forward with the case and will be presenting evidence at the upcoming preliminary hearing."