Video shows California correctional officer hitting detainee

Video shows California correctional officer hitting detainee

While placed in the pre-booking area of the jail, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office correctional Officer Matthew Mettler is seen on video approaching the man, who at the time was sitting, with both legs and arms cuffed.

"This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated", District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office released disturbing surveillance video Tuesday of a county correctional officer striking a handcuffed arrestee who is wearing a spit hood.

A California correctional officer faces charges after allegedly hitting a handcuffed man in an assault that officials say was recorded on surveillance video.

The officer eventually picks up the man from the floor and resets him before walking out of the room.

Authorities said the man was in custody after being found passed out from intoxication outside of a business in Manteca, according to The Modesto Bee.

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

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.

We are very grateful to the Manteca Police Officer who witnessed this incident and then immediately reported the matter up the chain of command.

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.

Officer Mettler was immediately placed on administrative leave after the incident.

"As Sheriff, I don't condone the actions as portrayed on this video by our jail staff", Moore said in a Facebook post. The incident occurred in San Joaquin County Jail in August and was captured on video. "The action taken by the D.A.'s Office is appropriate and we support their position".