Long Beach beating: A man that was tased and beaten by Long Beach police officers is being called a victim by many today, particularly after the man’s girlfriend and family came forward to say he suffers from mental issues and most recently paranoia. The Inquisitr reported this Thursday, Sept. 5, that 46-year-old Porfino Santos-Lopez was recorded on video as he was brutally beaten by law officers while he laid on the ground prior to an arrest.
The Long Beach beating is spurring heated debate this week once the video of Long Beach law officers using a taser to stun Santos-Lopez, then attacked his prostrate form while he was defenseless, was uploaded online. The man’s family and girlfriend have recently said that he is mentally ill and suffering from signs of paranoia for some weeks before he was arrested and beaten. Although the girlfriend in particular said that her boyfriend Porfino was “acting very strangely” on the street, he did not deserve the violence that was inflicted upon him.
The girlfriend who witnessed the beating at Long Beach, Lee Ann Hernandez, added that her boyfriend was dealing with issues, as he kept complaining that he was hearing strange voices and was hallucinating frequently. She thinks his struggles stemmed from his overuse of alcohol in recent months. In spite of this, Hernandez alleges that the police brutality she saw is inexcusable.
The 46-year-old was seemingly in an argument that became a physical altercation with several men outside of a local liquor store in Long Beach. His family says that the paranoia is what sparked the fight. When Santos-Lopez resisted police that had arrived on scene to quell the argument, an officer tased him after he kicked one of their batons away. The police officers then allegedly tased him again and continually beat the man for not turning over on his stomach fast enough, added Hernandez.
Santos-Lopez is believed to have been drinking and under the influence of crystal meth at the time of the Long Beach beating. The county’s police department is looking into the incident and accusations placed against the few officers involved in the matter. An investigation is scheduled, thought the officers will remain on active duty until that time.
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