Caught on camera: Moment ‘deputy stomped on head of suspect as he lay helpless on floor’

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has  been caught on camera kicking a suspect laying on the pavement in the  head.

Since the footage was discovered, one deputy has been relieved of his duty  and the Sheriff’s Department have  launched a criminal investigation into the matter.

The incident happened on Friday when Alexis  Husmario Torres, 31, was suspected of groping a woman in downtown Los Angeles.

Caught on camera: The deputy's leg can be seen raised seconds before he kicked Alexis Husmario Torres in the head

Caught on camera: The deputy’s leg can be seen raised  seconds before he kicked Alexis Husmario Torres in the head

After the incident: Alexis Husmario Torres suffered minor injuries from the incident.

After the incident: Alexis Husmario Torres suffered  minor injuries from the incident

The woman’s husband thought Torres tried to  rob his wife, so he contacted sheriff’s deputies walking nearby and pointed the  suspect out, sheriff’s officials said  according to CBSLosAngeles.

Authorities said Torres was  uncooperative  and that he initially refusing to take his hands out of his pockets.

They also said he was fighting with deputies  as they tried to restrain him.

But while the suspect was on the pavement,  one deputy is seen elbowing him and  stomping on his head.

The incident was captured because by  chance  a film crew from Telemundo were across the street.

The cameraman ran over when he saw the  commotion and then captured the assault on camera.

Torres had minor facial injuries after the  incident.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the LA  Times a 24-year-old deputy has been relieved of  his duty, but did not name him.

Arrest: The cameraman noticed the commotion across the road and then ran over to film it

Arrest: The cameraman noticed the commotion across the  road and then ran over to film it

Investigation: Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said a 24-year-old deputy has been relieved of duty, but did not name him

Investigation: Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said a  24-year-old deputy has been relieved of duty, but did not name him

Trip to station: Alexis Husmario Torres was eventually handcuffed and taken away in a police car

Trip to station: Alexis Husmario Torres was eventually  handcuffed and taken away in a police car 

It is unusual for deputy uses of force to be  criminally investigated.

‘We take this very seriously, and we are  going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened,’ Mr Whitmore told the  newspaper.

Torres was booked for sexual battery, battery  on a peace officer and possessing counterfeit identification and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

He is currently in a housing unit for people  with possible mental illness in the Los Angeles County Jail.

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