A deputy sheriff in San Bernardino County, California got caught on video repeatedly punching a helpless suspect after a high-speed chase in Southern California on Thursday.
Huffington Post reported that officers had pursued a burglary suspect for 40 minutes from Rancho Cucamonga to Pasadena. One police cruiser collided with a tree during the chase.
Officer Monica Posada with the California Highway Patrol said the chase began around 10:53 a.m. and involved a suspect in a 1996 Lincoln Coupe.
In aerial video captured at the end of the chase by a KTLA news helicopter, a man is seen lying on the ground with his hands behind his back while one deputy holds a pistol on him and a second deputy approaches him, then begins to violently beat him.
The deputy threw at least 15 punches and kneed the suspect — identified by the L.A. Times as 25-year-old Donovan Gardner — in the head two times, said KTLA.
“There were two officers and they were pummeling him from each side,” said witness Aleta Hancock.
Huffington Post said that by 11:45 a.m., paramedics were seen loading the Gardner — immobilized on a back board and wearing a neck brace — into an ambulance.
It is unclear from the video how much Gardner was resisting, if at all.