Investigation Underway After San Bernardino Police Officer Filmed Attacking Suspect Following Police Pursuit and Crash

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (February 1, 2024) – A San Bernardino police officer was filmed violently beating a grounded suspect following a police pursuit and collision.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident began when police were trying to stop a vehicle reported stolen. A pursuit was initiated which eventually led to a crash by the intersection of 50th Street and Electric Avenue.

Video footage of the aftermath of the incident shows a police officer punching and kneeing the man in the head. The suspect was eventually led away in handcuffs.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Assaults By San Bernardino County Police Officials

Police abuses of power are far more common than many people may realize. According to USA Today, “At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found. […] Despite their role as public servants, the men and women who swear an oath to keep communities safe can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to prevent police abuses of power.

  • Police officers should be required to wear body camera footage.
  • Police officers should be trained in de-escalation techniques.
  • Police officers should have clear guidelines related to use-of-force encounters.
  • All instances of misconduct should be thoroughly investigated.
  • Disciplinary action should be taken against officers that violate department guidelines.

Police officers are given a great deal of leeway in how they go about handling their job duties. But at no point are officers permitted to use excessive force. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. There are a number of ways that a police officer may have used excessive force.

  • Police officers may strike a suspect that has already been restrained.
  • Police officers may place a suspect in a prone position which restricts their breathing.
  • Police officers may shoot a suspect merely because they were attempting to flee.
  • Police officers may have placed a suspect in an illegal choke-hold.

Police officers are supposed to use the least amount of force necessary to get suspects to comply with their demands. But far too often, this does not take place. Police officers have repeatedly attacked suspects who were either handcuffed or already restrained. It is important that victims of police brutality understand that they do have rights. Any person that is injured by police misconduct may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Assaults By California Police Officials

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about the suspect attacked in San Bernardino. Police officers do not have the authority to beat suspects and abuse the power entrusted to them by the public. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the officer(s) involved in this incident.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured by police officers in San Bernardino? You may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping people who have been impacted by police abuses of power. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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