Long Beach Beating, Long Beach man who is seen on a YouTube video being violently subdued by police has recently shown signs of mental illness, his girlfriend said.
Lee Ann Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times that her boyfriend, Porfirio Santos-Lopez, has recently acted paranoid and out-of-sorts but did not deserve the Monday beating.
Santos-Lopez, 46, was taken into custody after allegedly getting into a fight with two men then engaging in a minutes-long struggle with officers trying to subdue him near Locust Avenue and South Street.
In the nearly five-minute video (note: vulgar language) Santos-Lopez can be seen lying on his back in the middle of the street surrounded by Long Beach police officers.
Officers then use a Taser on Santos-Lopez and strike him repeatedly in the legs and other parts of his body with batons. At times, Santos-Lopez shouts back, but what he is saying is unclear.
“The baton and the Taser are tools for us to use and get a combative subject into custody,” said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. “In this case, the suspect was adamant that he was not going to roll over onto his stomach.”
“When you look at the initial video, it just doesn’t look good,” Eaton said. “We want to refrain from using that judgment on a first impression.”
Hernandez said Santos-Lopez had been acting different lately.