Video shows California correctional officer hitting detainee

San Joaquin County Correctional Officer Strikes Intoxicated Handcuffed Arrestee

San Joaquin County Correctional Officer Strikes Intoxicated Handcuffed Arrestee

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office released the above 35-second clip depicting the alleged abusive incident.

Sheriff Steve Moore said he supported the filing of a misdemeanor assault charge against Correctional Officer Matthew Mettler by the District Attorney's Office.

Before exiting the room, the corrections officer is seen picking the arrestee back up before placing him upright against the wall.

In August 2017, the Manteca Police Department responded to a report of a man down and intoxicated in front of a business.

During the arrest, the man was said by authorities to be physically and verbally combative and was spitting.

The video shows at least two officers witnessing the incident.

Mettler was charged with a misdemeanor count of assault by a public officer.

Video of correctional officer Matthew Mettler, employed by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, striking a restrained man in a spit hood has the district attorney's office on the lookout for other instances of assaults by police officers.

"What happens next is one of our correctional officers enters the holding area and then, inexplicably, strikes the man in the head", the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

In the video, the third officer then walks up to the man in the hood, looks down at him and hits him on the side of the head.

They added that the detainee apparently posed no threat.

Moore credited the Manteca officers with immediately reporting what they witnessed in the holding area.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office launched an internal affairs and criminal investigation which, along with this video, was handed over to the DA's office for prosecution. The incident occurred in San Joaquin County Jail in August and was captured on video.