A man who was pulled from his rolled-over vehicle by a police officer sat down to watch the video of the crash aftermath and pointed out exactly how he said the officer used excessive force when he twisted his arm.
“There you can see and he tried to break it,” Joseph Rosales told KRCR-TV in Redding, California. “See he’s twisting it, you can see the marks he left.”
But police in Chico, California, said Officer David Bailey was trying to prevent further injury to the 64-year-old crash victim during the June 10 incident, as well as prevent injury to the officer.
Rosales reportedly rolled his vehicle after his dog jumped into his lap. Images shot later by KRCR appear to show his vehicle having damaged a pole supporting a roof.
The video in question begins with the crash aftermath — and the possibility of a roof collapse concerning the officer on the scene.
“I don’t want to get killed because you want to get your dog,” Bailey told Rosales, who insisted upon retrieving his pet as he stood with his head above the open driver’s side door.
Bailey shouted orders for Rosales to exit the vehicle, but Rosales wasn’t keen on the idea and kept looking for his dog. Rosales yelled at one point, “I can’t hear him!”
Then the officer is seen grabbing Rosales’ left arm…
…and pulling it down, twisting it.
Bailey was eventually able to get Rosales to climb out of the vehicle, but Rosales’ foot got caught on a safety belt, which was loosened by a woman standing by as Bailey held Rosales.
“Nobody should be treated the way that I was. Period,” Rosales told KRCR. “Especially if they are in a car wreck. The Chico police officer hurt me worse than the accident did.”
The Chico Police Department doesn’t see it that way.
“The way that we evaluate this will be the actions of the officer versus the circumstances that were present,” said Chico Police Lt. Mike O’Brien said. “Did the officer see a need to get that person out of that car? I would say absolutely.”
While Rosales said the city of Chico has contacted him, he still plans to sue police, who are also investigating to determine if Bailey used excessive force.
“I would like to see justice done,” Rosales told KRCR on camera. “I would like an apology.”
KRCR noted that the copy of the video it received from a “concerned citizen” had three edits and ended before Rosales hit the ground; the YouTube clip of the incident shows Rosales feet hitting the ground, then ending:
(H/T: The Free Thought Project)