Long Beach police said they had no choice but to repeatedly strike a man on the ground with a baton because he  was kicking them.

But the video shows he was merely trying to block their vicious baton blows with his leg.

Police also say Porfirio Santos Lopez deserved to be beaten because he had started a fight with two men earlier – even though that fight was long over when they had him on the ground, beating him with batons and shocking him with tasers.

Police can claim all they want. And the local media will probably eat it all up.

But the rest of us can see the truth for ourselves; a sadistic cop who has yet to be identified needs to be criminally charged.

There’s no doubt that Santos Lopez needed to be arrested. A surveillance video shows him starting a fight with two men over what police say was a beer.

But neither the surveillance video that police turned over to the media in order to justify their actions nor the Youtube video captured by a witness shows Santos Lopez striking out at police.

Nevertheless, Long Beach police flack Aaron Eaton told KTLA that Santos Lopez kicked the baton out of the officer’s hand, kicked the officer’s wrist and even kicked the officer’s face, so the officer was merely trying to defend himself by striking him repeatedly with the baton, proving once again that there is a special place in hell for lying public information officers.

Police say he was drunk and high on meth. His family says he suffers from mental illness. Witnesses say he looked to be drunk, but police abused their authority.

According to ABC Local:

“It was way too much. I felt like he was drunk, so they could have easily gotten him down as many of them as there were,” said witness Mycalneisha Jackson.

One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, shot cellphone video of the incident and said she thinks the officers abused their power.

“There’s no points about it, that they just don’t look good to anybody. But, in this particular case, the officer is trying to get this individual who was combative, who was irrational,” said Sgt. Aaron Eaton with the Long Beach Police Department.

The suspect’s sister started crying when she saw her brother’s bloodied face. He is now at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. His family says he’s suffering from broken bones, cuts, and a collapsed lung.

“They’re supposed to help us, not hurt us,” said Santos Lopez’s wife, Lee Ann Hernandez.

Hernandez says she and her husband have called authorities for help with his undiagnosed mental illness for months.

“I keep telling the police he needs help, he needs help, he needs help and they wouldn’t do anything. And they turn around and beat him for nothing. That’s not right,” she said.

The video, like so many other videos we have seen in the past, shows us that police have absolutely no tact or training in dealing with mentally ill people.