The Latest: Officer to face criminal probe for takedown

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Posted: Apr 11, 2017 9:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Sacramento police officer throwing a jaywalker to the ground and hitting him in the face (all times local):

6 p.m.

Authorities say a Sacramento police officer seen on video throwing a jaywalker to the ground and hitting him in the face repeatedly is now under criminal investigation.

Sacramento police said in a statement Tuesday that the actions of the officer, a two-year veteran of the department, were not within its policy. The officer was already on unpaid administrative leave and will now be subject to a criminal investigation.

The department also released a second video of the incident, shot from the officer's dash camera at a much greater distance than the video shot by a bystander that circulated earlier Tuesday.

The officer can be heard on it shouting for the man to get on the ground, and threatening to take him down. The man tells the officer if he were a real man, he would put down his gun and fight him, before the officer lunged at him.

Police say the suspect was arrested and resisted officers on the way to jail, but no charges against him are warranted.

Neither man's name was released.

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12 p.m.

A California police officer has been placed on administrative leave after throwing a jaywalker to the ground and striking him in the face multiple times in an incident captured on video.

Police say the Sacramento officer attempted to stop the man who was seen illegally crossing a street Monday afternoon. The officer then got out of his patrol car and tried to detain him, but the subject walked away.

The two men argued and police say the pedestrian challenged the officer to a fight. Police say the officer charged at the man to take him into custody, then "the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times."

The department says the actions appear to show unacceptable conduct.