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El Monte officer kicks suspect in the head after he surrenders [Updated]

Chase TV news footage shows an El Monte police officer kicking a car chase suspect in the head after the suspect appears to surrender.

Video from Fox 11 News showed the incident at the end of a car chase that wound through the San Gabriel Valley earlier this afternoon, ending in a collision in Pico Rivera. The suspect jumped out of his car and ran. He eventually stopped and dropped to the ground on his stomach, with his hands flat to the ground and above his head. The officer ran up to him and kicked him on the side of the head.

Lt. Chuck Carlson of the El Monte Police Department said his officers made the arrest, and the internal affairs department is investigating the incident.

Carlson said internal affairs will review video of the incident and also take statements from officers.

The suspect is a 20-year-old man who was on parole. He was taken to Greater El Monte Hospital. But it's unclear whether his injuries were sustained by an earlier car crash or from the blow to the head.

The officer appears to high-five another officer after the suspect is cuffed.

[Updated: 4:50 p.m.: Carlson identified the suspect as Richard Rodriguez, 23, of El Monte. He said Rodriguez is a member of the El Monte Flores street gang and had been released from state prison in January. He was wanted for a parole violation, but it's unclear if that led to the chase. Check out video from KNBC 4 below.]

--Ari B. Bloomekatz and Andrew Blankstein

Image: KNBC 4 News

 
Comments () | Archives (132)

Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down! Ha ha, this loser deserves MUCH more than a kick in his head! You out there in "fantasyland" have no idea what police officers go through on a daily basis.

The fact that this gang-bangin' lowlife ran, and did not stop like a normal person would do, is cause enough to be punted in his tatoo-ridden melon!

Have fun in the pokey!

Signed,

a law abiding citizen( with NO arrest record)

.

WHAT A DIRTY COP!! WHO IN THERE RIGHT MIND THINKS ITS OKAY TO DO THAT, YEAH I'LL ADMIT WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG AND RECKLESS SO THEY SHOULD LET THE COURTS HANDLE IT, ALL YOU PEOPLE TALKING ALL THAT MESS THAT HE DESERVED IT, HAHAHAH IF HE WAS WALKING ALONG SIDE OF YOU MINDING HIS BUSINESS YOU'D ALL PROBABLY RUN SCARED!! EVERYBODY NEEDS 2 STOP JUDGING OTHERS, SO YAH HE'S LOCKED UP BUT LIKE I SAID THATS THE ONLY REASON U LAMES ARE RUNNING OFF ON THA INTERNET GO TELL HIS HOMEBOYS THAT U LIL SISSY'S!!

It's unfortunate that the idiots of America fail to see that when our government (be it military or police) behaves the same way the criminals do then they become one. The policeman in this video is nothing more than a thug with a badge. I have no love for the gang-banger but would like our nation's "heroes" to remember what being a hero requires.

That COP should be stripped naked and beaten with a lead pipe on live TV. Worthless PIG.

Signed,

A law abiding Citizen with NO arrest record.

A true cop! Overly aggressive, ruthless, vindictive; probably in a bad marriage too.

I DONT THINK THAT WAS RIGHT TO KICK HIM IN THE HEAD THEY DONT GET PAID TO BEAT THE SUSPECTS THEY GET PAID TO ARREST AND PROTECT THAT WAS UNCALLED FOR!NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE PEOPLE.I WANT TO GO AND BECOME A COP AND WHAT REALLY SUCKS IS THAT ITS FOR THE CITY OF ELMONTE,I WAS BORN AND RAISED THEIR BUT ANYWAYS I DONT THINK HE DESERVED THAT AT ALL.

first off... regardless of what a cop says no one has a right to kick some one in the face. When ur son gets kicked in the face then u tell me what u think. Turtle shouldn't have ran but that don't mean they can kick him. But he got paid so i guess it paid off ... lol

 
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