VALLEJO (KRON) — Dejuan Hall is the man at the center of a viral video that shows Vallejo police beating him during his arrest.
Hall, who is being held at the Solano County Jail, exclusively spoke to KRON4’s Haaziq Madyun in an effort to shed light on what happened.
“No, I didn’t do anything wrong,” the 23-year-old told Madyun. “I’m honestly in here for no reason.”
The arrest happened on Friday at around 3:13 p.m. near a Valero gas station at 1610 Fairground Drive.
Hall says he went to the gas station to try and buy a bus ticket to Los Angeles. He was told the money on his ATM card was not available.
He asked the clerk to run it again, then left when it didn’t go through. He then went to a market to buy some water. When he came out of the store, the police were outside.
“They were like ‘Get over here! Get over here! Then they started reaching for their gun,” Hall told Madyun. “I knew they were either trying to kill me or shoot me.”
That’s when Hall started to run.
Hall has been charged with four counts of resisting an officer and one count of battery on an officer.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains in jail with bail set at $25,000.
Vallejo police are now investigating whether the officer seen beating a suspect with a flashlight used excessive force.
The police officer has been identified as Spencer Muniz-Bottomley, according to police.
— Haaziq Madyun (@KRON4HMadyun) March 17, 2017