Viral video of California police kicking man during arrest sparks internal investigation.
The San Jose Police Department in southern California has opened an internal investigation after video footage began to go viral of several officers kicking and beating a man while attempting to apprehend him.
A recording of the Saturday evening arrest of 22-year-old Juan Moreno-Lopez was captured on the cell phone of an eyewitness who then uploaded the video to the internet. In less than two days, the original clip has been viewed on Facebook more than 340,000 times.
The three-minute recording shows several officers attempting to arrest Moreno-Lopez and captures them eventually resorting to beating him with batons and striking him with closed fists.
“Don’t hit him, it’s only one person,” a witness is heard yelling in the background.