FONTANA, CA -- Eyewitness News has obtained disturbing video of a man being arrested and brutally beaten by undercover police officers in Fontana, California.
The violent arrest took place at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said the officers were conducting surveillance on a stolen vehicle.
Video shows the suspect, identified as James Colangelo, in a car, racing into an apartment complex in the 9100 block of Pepper and followed by several officers.
Colangelo then allegedly swung a 2-foot-long 2x4 out the window when officers approached, police said.
"When they took him out of the car, they were beating the crap out of him. He was screaming. I mean crying for his mom," said a resident who did not want to be identified.
"He resisted until they opened the door. After that, he was just screaming, 'I give up! I give up!' They were just socking him and kicking him," she added.
When Colangelo fell to the ground, he tried to pull out a 6-inch knife from his waistband and "additional force was used to make the arrest," police said.
"Finally when they stopped, he was passed out. Blood, a big ol' lump on his head. It was crazy," a resident said.
The case remained under investigation.
"Any use of force at this level has a multi-step, multi-rank and multi-division review process," said Martha Guzman-Hurtado, a spokeswoman for Fontana police.
Colangelo was arrested and faces a long list of charges. null
Violent arrest by undercover California police officers caught on video
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