SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Latest on a Sacramento police officer throwing a jaywalker to the ground and hitting him in the face (all times local):
Authorities say a Sacramento police officer seen on video throwing a jaywalker to the ground and hitting him in the face repeatedly is now under criminal investigation.
Sacramento police said in a statement Tuesday that the actions of the officer, a two-year veteran of the department, were not within its policy. The officer was already on unpaid administrative leave and will now be subject to a criminal investigation.
The department also released a second video of the incident, shot from the officer’s dash camera at a much greater distance than the video shot by a bystander that circulated earlier Tuesday.
The officer can be heard on it shouting for the man to get on the ground, and threatening to take him down. The man tells the officer if he were a real man, he would put down his gun and fight him, before the officer lunged at him.
Police say the suspect was arrested and resisted officers on the way to jail, but no charges against him are warranted.
Neither man’s name was released.
A California police officer has been placed on administrative leave after throwing a jaywalker to the ground and striking him in the…