Caught on tape: Fresno police beat homeless man

By David Edwards
Friday, February 13, 2009 10:15 EDT
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A Fresno television station has obtained footage of a homeless man being beaten by local police. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has launched an internal investigation of the incident.

KSEE reported:

On Tuesday, KSEE 24 News exclusively obtained a video tape of two Fresno police officers punching a partially restrained homeless man, 52 year old Glen Beaty, as they arrested him.

The person who recorded the video said while he did not want to reveal his identity, he felt compelled to hand it over to KSEE 24 News in hopes of protecting those who cannot protect themselves.
He told us, “They grabbed him (Beaty) and threw him to the ground. I just saw him being brutally beaten because he didn’t want to listen to them.”

The tape shows Beaty lying face down on the ground being hit at least 6 times in the face.

It appears 2 of the blows came after Beaty was partially or fully restrained with his hands behind his back.

This video is from KSEE, broadcast Feb. 10, 2009.

Download video via RawReplay.com

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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