A disturbing video that surfaced this week shows a California police officer throwing punches at a minor who was reportedly suspected of smoking marijuana.
In the 30-seconds of footage, an officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department can be seen kneeling over the suspect on the ground while apparently trying to make an arrest. Mere seconds into the clip, the officer is shown violently pressing the suspect’s head against the ground. Moments later, after the suspect is flipped on his back, the officer began punching the suspect in the chest area before aggressively yanking the suspect’s right arm in what appears to be an attempt to put the young man in handcuffs. Off camera, individuals can be heard yelling “stop” at the officer.
A Response From The Department
The incident took place on Monday in Rancho Cordova, California, a city of about 65,000 people located near the state capital of Sacramento. In a statement on Tuesday, the Rancho Cordova PD said that it is investigating the matter, and that the “investigation is in its infancy and the facts as we understand them now are subject to change as we conduct a more thorough and complete examination of the