AFRICANGLOBE – A graphic video has surfaced on Facebook showing a half dozen police officer beating a man while their K9 tore into him. The El Centro Police Department has since opened an investigation.
The video shows multiple police officers around suspected car thief, 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz. The officers are seen beating Saenz with batons as the man recording pleaded with them to stop.
As the K9 is tearing into the man’s flesh, officers are yelling ‘stop resisting’ as they continue the attack. Police often yell ‘stop resisting’ to suspects who are being mauled by a K9 — completely ignoring the impossible nature of remaining still as your flesh is ripped apart by an animal’s teeth.
According to the ECPD, the incident stems from a call they received at 9:33 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1200 Block of N. 18th St. The vehicle was described as a black Volkswagen. Officers responded but were not able to find the vehicle, according to KYMA.
Later that afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., officers received a call from a family member who spotted the stolen vehicle. Once officers caught up to the vehicle, they attempted to pull it over. The driver was Elizardo Saenz.
While Saenz clearly made the wrong decision to either drive, or steal the vehicle, the officers’ subsequent reaction was entirely unwarranted.
When police attempted to pull Saenz over, he fled. The ensuing chase, initiated by police, went through a parking lot and Saenz drove into oncoming traffic at one point, causing multiple vehicles to swerve out of the way.
As KYMA reports, officers followed Saenz in the stolen vehicle as he drove west on Scott Avenue and onto a frontage road near 1002 North Imperial Ave. Police said Saenz again drove into oncoming lanes and struck a parked vehicle causing the stolen vehicle he was driving to hit the curb and come to a stop on the sidewalk where it was disabled.
As the vehicle came to a stop, Saenz then fled on foot. When police caught up to him, they claimed he was ‘physically combative’ and resisted arrest. The video does not show the initial confrontation, however, and only shows Saenz on the receiving end of a police beat down.
Saenz was then arrested and booked into the Imperial County Jail on charges of felony possession of stolen property, felony evading with wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property, misdemeanor hit and run and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Again, it is important to note that Saenz is no saint. However, the treatment we see in the video below is indicative of a major problem — police taking out their aggression on suspects.
By: Matt Agorist
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