Two police officers in Hallandale Beach, Florida, are under investigation after a video showed them tasing and beating a man during an arrest for stealing a cellphone Wednesday afternoon. (Image source: Twitter video screenshot)
The video depicts officers Jaime Cerna and Richard Allen arresting Daniel Dunkelberger, who was accused of stealing a cellphone from someone’s car.
“Of course the video is of concern,” Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton told WFOR. “There are processes that have to unfold here, one of which is an internal affairs investigation which has already begun. Both officers are on administrative leave.”
Dunkelberger, 27, reportedly stole a cellphone from a vehicle Wednesday afternoon, and according to the police report, he became combative when officers tried to apprehend him.
The phone belonged to Nicholas Garcia, who called the police and also witnessed the events leading up to the video in question.
“He’s trying to run away,” Garcia told WFOR. “He kept telling the officers, ‘No I’m not going to sit down or put my hands behind my back,’ and he pushed the older officer and that’s when the other officer tackled him and tried to put him under arrest and put his arms behind his back”
Here’s the video:
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The footage picks up with Dunkelberger up against the police car, and Cerna and Allen standing in front of him, hitting him with their batons and ordering him to get on the ground.
Dunkelberger is not complying, so one of the officers appears to hit him with the taser and take him to the ground. Once he’s down and no longer resisting, one of the officers hits him one more time on the leg with the baton and steps on him before the other officer handcuffs him.
The person recording the video screams several times for the officers to stop hitting him. The officers respond, defending their actions.
Dunkelberger was charged with burglary and resisting arrest.