LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — A rough arrest by a Long Beach police officer recorded on a cell phone has prompted an investigation into the incident.
Long Beach police said they responded to East 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue Saturday at about 3:15 p.m. to help a parking enforcement officer who said a man was trying to carjack his vehicle. When police arrived on the scene, they said a good Samaritan was already struggling to detain the man.READ MORE: LA Musician Marty Roberts Of ‘Marty & Elayne’ Lounge Band Dies At 89
Police said as one officer attempted to handcuff the suspect, he began to thrash his body and resist arrest. That’s when police said a second officer began using a baton on the suspect, in an attempt to get him to comply.
In a statement, Long Beach police said, “The video appears to depict only a small portion of the incident, and unfortunately does not capture the events leading up to the use of force or the good Samaritan assisting the officers.”READ MORE: Suspect ID'd As Shawn Laval Smith In Murder Of Brianna Kupfer, Hancock Park Furniture Store Employee Found Stabbed
During the investigation, police said they learned the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Eugene Martindale III, had tried to carjack several other vehicles in the area before targeting the parking enforcement officer.
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“From what I saw, I didn’t see a need to be striking someone with a baton,” Rob Newcomb, a Long Beach resident, said. “But at the same time, like they said, I don’t have the whole story.”