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Video: Combative Suspect Dies After Assaulting Calif. Officers

May 28, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Calif. Cops Use Batons During Confrontation

Sacramento (Calif.) Police officers used their batons on a combative suspect at a cellular phone store after the man scared workers and physically attacked and resisted arrest.

The man, 42-year-old John Toretti, died shortly after the Friday confrontation with officers that was partially captured by a citizen and posted to YouTube. The Sacramento PD has launched an investigation into the arrest, reports CBS Sacramento.

Police responded to a Metro PCS store shortly before 6 p.m. after the man entered the store and made "unintelligible statements" and may have attempted to rob the store, the clerk told police.

The man overpowered one of the first two responding officers during a physical confrontation. At least five other officers responded; several used their batons to subdue the man. Also, at least two citizens intervened to help the initial officer, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Tags: Using Batons, Sacramento PD, Physical Confrontations, In-Custody Deaths, Internal Investigations


Comments (3)

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Lenny @ 5/28/2013 5:57 PM

Sure is getting dangerous to be a citizen in California!

Jimbo @ 5/29/2013 6:33 AM

Sounds like excited delirium. I would be interested to know what his body temperature was and the results of the toxicology screens. It seems the new culprit on these is the "bath salt" synthetic cocaine.

Fed Cop @ 5/29/2013 1:13 PM

When looking at the video, the baton strikes didn't appear to be overly hard, nor did it look like she was hitting anything other than the thigh. I agree that excited delirium is a good guess, or some other drug induced termination.
However, I also bet his family will want $100m for wrongful death even if the tox screen shows fatal amounts.

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