VALLEJO (KRON) — The Vallejo Police Department released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the video released of two officers using excessive force on a man suspected of acting erratically.
The incident occurred on Friday around 3:13 p.m. near a Valero gas station at 1610 Fairground drive, according to police.
An employee at the gas station reported that a man, 23-year-old Dejuan Hall of Vacaville, was acting erratically and causing customers to feel scared.
Responding officers attempted to make contact with the Hall, but he refused to comply and fled on foot, police said.
A foot chase ensued for several minutes until he came to a stop near the middle of Fairgrounds Drive. A struggle between Hall and an acting officer ensued.
Hall was arrested and booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, resisting or threatening an officer with force and a probation violation, according to police.
A video of the incident taken by a bystander and posted on social media shows Officer Spencer Muniz-Bottomley striking Hall with a flashlight as Hall lay on the ground and again when another officer arrives.
The Chief of Police, Andrew Bidou, announced that he ordered a complete investigation of the incident.
The full statement from Chief Bidou is below.
“It is important to note that the Vallejo Police Department reviews every instance of use of force by our officers. We are aware of the attention this particular incident has gained and therefore I have ordered a full and complete investigation to be conducted. I have complete confidence in our Internal Affairs Division and our use of force experts who will conduct this investigation. Upon completion, I will thoroughly review the entire investigation and personally make a final determination. I ask for your continued patience as proceed through this process.”
In an email, Lt. Jeff Bassett said police have seen portions of the video and are reviewing the incident as they do all use of force incidents.
“It’s important that no one make any assumptions without having all the available facts. Just like anyone else officers are innocent until proven guilty,” Bassett wrote.
“Violence is always ugly but police officers are exposed to violent situations everyday and they are required to overcome that violence not just match it,” he wrote.
“We are investigating this matter and our organization will take the appropriate action if any policy or law has been broken,” Bassett wrote.
Bassett confirmed the officer involved sustained injuries during the incident.