25 May 2013
A man who was struck 10 times by a baton-wielding police officer in Sacramento has died in custody.
Video obtained by Sacramento’s CBS13 showed the man being struck multiple times by a female officer while a male officer restrained him Friday evening.
The man, who was in his 40s, was then handcuffed, at which point officers realized he was unresponsive. They rushed him to a hospital, where he died.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the fracas began Friday afternoon after a female clerk at a Metro PCS cell phone store called the cops.
Sacramento police spokesman Doug Morse told the Bee that officers arrived to the store on Folsom Blvd. to find the man holding the door to the store shut so they couldn’t get in.
Police then forced their way inside. Morse said that’s when the man became violent, and the altercation spilled out to the sidewalks.
Morse added that the Sacramento police department is investigating the man’s death and, following protocol, the two officers involved in the suspect’s apprehension have been placed on administrative leave.