Four California police officers are under investigation after a video emerged showing a suspect being beaten and kicked during an arrest last week in a mall, authorities said Wednesday.
Glendale police officers who have not been identified publicly have been put on paid leave, the department said. The arrest Saturday at the Galleria Mall in the Los Angeles area involved three officers who were in plain clothes.
The short video, which appears to have been filmed by a witness, shows two men in streetwear repeatedly hitting a suspect in the ground. Spectators can be heard in the background but not displayed on the camera.
As the two officers stab the suspect in the face and body, a woman, also in streetwear, holds back her legs. A fourth officer in uniform then appears on camera and kicks the suspect in the face.
After the kick, one of the officers shouts twice: “Turn around on your face.”
The footage does not show what preceded the arrest.
The suspect was not identified by police. A police spokesman said he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and theft.
Police said in a statement Wednesday that officers are being held to a high standard and aim to build community trust.
“Glendale Police are aware of the video that captured an incident involving officers during an arrest at Glendale Galleria Mall on June 5, 2021,” police said. “An investigation into the incident, including all actions taken by the officers during the arrest process, was immediately launched and the officers involved have been put on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.”
Police also promised to take “appropriate action … after the investigation.”
A spokeswoman for the Galleria Mall said Wednesday that no security officers at the mall were involved in the arrest.