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Video: Calif. Cop Breaks Baton on Parolee

May 03, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Forceful Arrest In Stockton

A California news crew captured a rough arrest in which several Stockton (Calif.) Police officers used batons on an intoxicated parolee to gain compliance.

The incident began when officers approached Barike Wiltz, 34, near a cineplex. Officers scuffled with Wiltz, who was intoxicated, and the parolee tried to grab the service weapon of one of the officers.

Wiltz broke free and ran around the corner, where another officer confronted him and can be seen delivering a rapid succession of blows with his baton. The officer eventually snaps the baton in half, as he and several other responding officers bring Wiltz into custody on the sidewalk. Two other officers can be seen using their batons.

One witness said the arrest "looked like Rodney King," reports News 10.

Comments (7)

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Brad @ 5/3/2012 2:10 PM

They should have broken 2 baton's on his ass! Let me say this to the ignorant "witness" that stated it looked like a Rodney King beating. The suspect attempted to grab the officers weapon, he was not trying to gain control of the officers weapon to go pawn it! He was going to use it on the officer and maybe anyone else that got into his way. These officers were justified to shoot and kill this suspect as soon as he put his hands on the officers weapon, and rightfully so! So the suspect getting his ass kicked by the officers was kind in my eyes, being that they could have shot and killed him instead!

Cam @ 5/3/2012 7:58 PM

Brad, how right you are. However the Monday morning 'quarter backs', have to give their cent in. Just because we are in the leo biz, and do
understand, the risks, we answered our calling just the same. Why the public thinks we should be a punching bag on the streets, is ignorant. They need to do a ride along. We all want to go home from the job-is it wrong to have that attitude? No one truly understands the situation, except the officers, and the mope. I am so sick of their excuses of 'it was the dope/alcohol that made me do it'. Those people do not feel pain, and that makes them even harder to deal with. Facts are this; mope on parole, not probation, and they never want to go back in, but they break the rules anyway. In comes good guy to make an arrest and almost lost his life when the mope tried to take his gun, is that not lethal force? Ignorance is a scary thing, but the public should volunteer for the public services jobs, and/or do a ride along.

Juan 10-13 @ 5/4/2012 6:46 AM

You guys are soooooo right. Kudos to my Brothers. A note to the Chief....change over to the ASP baton,they do not break!

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 5/4/2012 9:21 AM

No help from any upstanding citizen in the area, except the great video showing this dipstick trying to get the officer's sidearm, and if he would have, well all hell would have broken loose. Good bust.

don barney @ 5/4/2012 10:35 AM

the Officers should haqve beat his ASS more so when he gets back to prison he can tell all his scumbag inmates that the Police are not backing off any more!

Mike Oster @ 5/4/2012 3:41 PM

I live right down the highway from Stockton and have friends that work there. I was upset and e-mailed News 10 in Sacramento about the way the story was presented and sensationalized for TV.

here is the reply I received from the News10 Assignment Editor Michael Bott
Hi Michael,

I think the intent of that was to show how his opinion of the incident changed once we were showed the video. All we knew at first was that the suspect was wanted for being drunk in public, which would certainly make the arrest over the top. His point was that once the video of the suspect trying to take the officer's gun surfaced, it changed the whole story. Anyway, that is what the intent was, sorry if it didn't come across that way. Thanks for the email.

You can e-mail Mr. Bott at [email protected] or the reporter Cornell Barnard at [email protected]

DC @ 5/7/2012 12:06 PM

@Mike Oster, you should share that message with some of the competing stations. I'm sure they would run with it.

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