The Sacramento police officer caught on video choking and punching a man for jaywalking was suspended Tuesday after his supervisors viewed the footage.
The cop claimed he feared for his safety because the man removed a jacket and dropped it on the street, indicating he was challenging the cop to fight.
But the man, Nandi Cain Jr., said he was just taking off his jacket to show he was not armed.
The video that surfaced, which was recorded by a friend of the victim, does not show Cain raising his fists to fight, even after the cop grabs him by the neck and throws him down on the street before sitting on him and wailing on him with punches.
Cain was charge with resisting arrest and was later accused on becoming combative with cops while being booked in jail.
However, the 24-year-old man was released from jail Tuesday morning with no charges.
Meanwhile, they have yet to identify the cop. And they have yet to release dashcam footage of the incident, claiming it is being reviewed, even though we can be sure they did just that before placing the cop on administrative leave.
And yes, it is a paid suspension, but both the chief and mayor made it clear they were not happy with what they saw on the video.
According to Fox 40:
Sacramento Police Sergeant Bryce Heinlein told Fox40 that the “actions of this officer does not represent the men and women of this police department … the video speaks for itself and you know obviously we’re taking this seriously.”
Heinlein said Cain was initially arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and became combative with deputies while he was being booked at Sacramento’s primary jail.
Cain was released Tuesday morning because police did not have sufficient grounds to file a complaint against him, Heinlein said.
Video from police cruisers that were at the scene is being reviewed and may be made public.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the officer’s actions were “extremely disturbing and they are not representative of the training nor the expectations we have for our Police Department.”
All we know about the cop is that he has been on the force for two years, so he probably has already developed a history of abuse.