Video of Salinas cops brutalizing suspect looks ‘horrific without context’ – police chief

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Paul Martin

RT.com
June 10, 2015

A police department in California is investigating graphic video footage of cops violently beating a suspect, who was allegedly mentally ill. While it appeared “horrific and inflammatory,” Salinas’s police chief says there were reasons for such force.

The minute-and-a-half footage shows Jose Velasco, 28, being struck repeatedly with batons, at least 20 times, by police officers while he lies struggling in the road for over 45 seconds. However, police say the video doesn’t show what led up to the brutal beating on Friday, June 5.

From the clip, Velasco seems to be repeatedly hit on his head, legs, hands and back, while not seeming to be putting up much resistance. An officer, who arrived on the scene halfway through the clash, vigorously struck Velasco at least nine times. At one point, as many as five police officers are seen struggling with him as sirens from their vehicles wail.

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