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Bystander Captures Police's Violent Arrest In San Jose, California (Video)

A video filmed by a bystander in San Jose, California, on May 2 has some viewers claiming police brutality (video below).

San Jose Police Department identified the suspect as 22-year-old Juan Moreno-Lopez, and officers claim he threw something into the bushes when they approached him and then took off running.

Moreno-Lopez turned in the direction of the cops "in a combative manner" and tried to hit an officer with a bottle, police claim. Moreno-Lopez then reportedly engaged the officers in a fight.

Roberto Tejada and his mother were driving through a parking lot when they saw Moreno-Lopez being arrested.

The cellphone video shot by Tejada's mother is dark, but CBS San Francisco reports that two cops are holding a suspect on the ground when more police officers come on the scene and "appear to kick and beat the suspect with their fists and billy clubs."

People are heard off-camera yelling for the officers to stop.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the video went viral on Facebook and sparked rumors that Moreno-Lopez was killed. He is still alive.

Tejada told CBS San Francisco in Spanish that the behavior of the police was an injustice and worse than a gang.

San Jose Police Department's internal affairs is investigating the incident.

Police claim Moreno-Lopez resisted arrest after being subdued, so extra officers were called in.

Moreno-Lopez was taken to a hospital, and later booked in the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, being under the influence of a stimulant, possession of methamphetamine, and destruction of evidence.

Sources: CBS San Francisco, San Jose Mercury News
Image Credit: Mark Sebastian/Flickr


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