Video: Calif. PD launches probe after UOF incident goes viral
The department said the officer displayed "unacceptable conduct"
By PoliceOne Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Video released Monday shows an officer throw an alleged jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly strike him in the face.
Police told NBC News that an officer confronted Nandi Cain Jr. to detain him for “allegedly unlawfully crossing the street.”
In the video, the unidentified officer and Cain can be seen having a conversation before the officer grabs Cain and throws him to the ground. Cain told KCRA that he removed his jacket beforehand to show he was not armed.
"For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times," the department said in a statement.
According to the news station, Cain was initially charged with resisting arrest, but the charges were dropped and he was released.
Department officials said Tuesday they have launched an internal and criminal investigation into the officer’s actions. Police did not identify the officer, but confirmed he is a two-year veteran of the department.
“The videos of this incident portray actions and behavior that we would consider unacceptable conduct by a Sacramento police officer," the department told NBC.
Per department policy, the officer is on paid administrative leave.