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Long Beach Police Accused of Excessive Force in Videotaped Arrest

Police in Long Beach were facing accusations of excessive force Tuesday after video of a man’s arrest went viral on YouTube.

In the video, four police officers could be seen surrounding 46-year-old Porfirio Santos-Lopez while he was on the ground near Locust Avenue and South Street.

The video showed officers striking Santos-Lopez several times with a baton and then tasing him.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, recorded the video on her cell phone.

She and several other witnesses told KTLA they believed police went too far.

But police had a different perspective on what happened.

They showed KTLA another video of Santos-Lopez before his arrest.

They described him as being violent and out-of-control.

“That individual seemed to be irrational. He was combative,” Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said.  “In the video that is on YouTube he can be seen kicking at the officers.”

Police were investigating the arrest.