Long Beach PD face criticism over scuffle on video

September 4, 2013 8:13:55 PM PDT
Surveillance video shows a man in a dark shirt throwing a beer can at another man's head. Police say Porfirio Santos-Lopez then started punching at one of the men. Officers say he was drunk and high on methamphetamine, but cellphone video shows officers tasing and beating Santos-Lopez with batons as they ordered him to roll onto his stomach.

"They just don't look good to anybody. But, in this particular case, the officers were trying to get this individual who was combative, who was irrational," said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

"He needs help and they wouldn't do anything. And then they turn around and beat him for nothing. That's not right. That's not right," said Lee Ann Hernandez, the suspect's wife.

Police are conducting an internal investigation. Santos-Lopez is in the hospital. His family plans to sue; they say he suffers from mental illness.

Police say Santos-Lopez may also face charges for battery and resisting arrest.