SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.- - The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department is currently investigating a possible excessive use of force incident that occurred during an arrest. On January 26th at 1 a.m. Garardo Bernabe Vasquez, a 21-year old San Bernardino resident, was arrested for Resisting/Obstructing an Officer. During his apprehension, the video appears to show a Sheriff's deputy punching and kicking Vasquez repeatedly.
“I am concerned with the level of force used in the video by one of my deputies. I expect our employees always to remain professional when contacting the public, who we serve. I can assure you that we take these matters very seriously and we will conduct a thorough and complete investigation. The deputy in question has been placed on paid administrative leave.” Sheriff John McMahon.
The incident occurred near Highland Avenue and Cedar Street in San Bernardino. Following the arrest, Vasquez was booked and released. The Department is not revealing the identity of the deputy during the ongoing administrative investigation.
The Sheriff's Department is currently seeking the public's assistance with the investigation.