SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — A Sacramento police officer has been placed on administrative leave for slamming a jaywalker to the ground and punching him repeatedly in the head.
The brutal beatdown was captured on a cellphone video shot by a woman who caught the tail end of the incident.
Police say a uniformed officer tried to stop the man from jaywalking near the intersection of Cypress Street and Grand Avenue around 5:10 p.m. on Monday, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The officer then got out of his squad car in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood and attempted to speak to the man.
The cop asked the man to stop several times, but he continued to walk away, according to a police news release.
The two then exchanged words and that’s when the man took off his jacket and challenged the officer to a fight, police said.
That’s when the police officer charged the man and body slammed him to the ground. The officer then punched the pedestrian in the head repeatedly.
Backup then arrived on the scene and the man was handcuffed and taken into custody.
The man was held in the Sacramento Main Jail before being released Tuesday morning, said a police spokesman.
Police have said a criminal investigation of the officer is underway. “The actions of the involved Sacramento Police Officer are disturbing and do not appear to be reasonable based upon the circumstances,” a second news release said.