Barike Wiltz, a parolee, was violently arrested in Stockton, CA, Tuesday after he got into a fight with a police officer and tried to take his gun.
The entire episode started when an allegedly intoxicated and belligerent Wiltz got into a scuffle with a Stockton policeman. While the officer had him in what looks like a headlock, Wiltz made a grab for the officer's gun.
Wiltz soon gave up and fled the scene of the fight. However, he'd already made a serious mistake and the Stockton police were not ready to let it go. They quickly caught up with Wiltz, beat him with batons, and arrested him. Oddly enough, a news crew was on the scene shooting an unrelated interview and caught the takedown on tape.
Watch the takedown via Detroit Free Press:
This is how the story played out:
Suddenly, Wiltz rounds the corner and is quickly run down by a Stockton police officer.
"I thought it looked like Rodney King being beaten, it seemed like it was too much," witness Trevon Edwards told ABC News 10.
But the police stand by their actions.
"The suspect grabbed the officer’s gun and tried to pull it out of the holster, because of that, we used any force necessary to stop the suspect and make an arrest," Det. Joe Silva said.
Wiltz, 34, is currently being held in San Joaquin County Jail on charges of fighting with police and trying to grab an officer's weapon, according to ABC News 10.
All images courtesy of The Detroit Free Press.
This story has been updated.