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
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
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
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.