The officers, some in plainclothes, responded to a theft inside the Glendale Galleria mall around 7:10 p.m. Sabato, according to a Glendale Police Department statement. Officers made contact with the suspect inside the Dick’s Sporting Goods store, ha detto la polizia.
“While attempting to detain the suspect, a struggle ensued and force was used by the officers,” secondo il comunicato.
Video obtained by CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS shows the suspect on his back as four officers punch and kick him
The shopper who recorded the incident, who did not want to be identified by the station, was outraged by the officer who kicked the suspect in the head, telling KCAL/KCBS the officer “wasn’t even there to begin with.”
“It was really hard to watch, we got traumatized,” said Melissa Navarette, identified by KCAL/KCBS as the suspect’s sister. She did not want to be shown on-camera, secondo la stazione. “We still have all of the video, piace, stuck in our head,” lei disse.
Stolen merchandise was recovered from the suspect, according to Glendale police, and he was arrested for petty theft and resisting an officer by force. Police say the merchandise was from another store in the mall.
Police are investigating the officers’ conduct and asking witnesses to contact the department with any information on the incident.
“Glendale Police officers are held to a high standard and we work hard to maintain the trust of our community,” said a GPD news release. “We take these types of incidents very seriously. Appropriate actions will be taken following the investigation.”