Two Marines say images captured by police body cameras show how they were assaulted by police officers while they were trying to help someone after a bar brawl spilled out into the streets
The Marines’ attorney, Paul Neuharth, obtained the body cam footage from the San Diego Police Department and shared it with a news station that made the footage public.
Neuharth told ABC 10 the footage of the Sept. 21 incident shows his clients were giving first aid to a man when officers began to beat them up, violating their civil rights.
The video doesn’t show everything that happened, but it does show a police sergeant pushing one of the Marines to the ground and hitting him. Another officer can be heard telling the sergeant, “Sarge, Sarge, Sarge! No punching, Sarge!”
Police reports about the incident tell a different story.
The report claims the Marines were, “… hitting, grabbing, pushing, struggling and violently resisting.” The Marines were charged with resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into the video, ABC 10 reported.
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