The video shows the victim apparently slumped on the ground in the holding area of the jail after he was brought in for intoxication by Manteca Police Officers. Two Manteca police officers are in the room with the man when a third officer, a San Joaquin County sheriff's correctional officer, enters through a side door. "This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated", District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office released the above 35-second clip depicting the alleged abusive incident.
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 was caught on camera hitting a handcuffed and detained man on the head past year. The officer then leans over the man and pulls him back upright.
"It is inconsistent with the professionalism of San Joaquin County correctional officers, and of this department", Moore said.
The sheriff expressed gratitude to the Manteca police officer who witnessed the incident and "immediately reported the matter up the chain of command".
After the incident, Mettler was immediately placed on administrative leave, where he remains.
"As sheriff, I don't condone the actions as portrayed on this video by our jail staff", Moore said in a recent Facebook post.
Officer Mettler was charged with a misdemeanor count of assault by a public officer about a month after the incident, according to the sheriff's office. "The action taken by the [district attorney's] office is appropriate and we support their position", he added.
Mettler is scheduled to appear in court in Stockton on March 26 at 1:30 p.m. for a motion hearing.