Investigation Underway After Long Beach Officers Arrest 4 in Violent Confrontation Captured on Video

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An investigation continued Friday into a videotaped confrontation in Long Beach involving baton-wielding police officers and four adults who were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and other charges.

Cellphone video showed Long Beach police officers throwing a woman to the ground on April 19, 2015. (Credit: Jose Molina)

Cellphone video showed Long Beach police officers throwing a woman to the ground on April 19, 2015. (Credit: Jose Molina)

The incident occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Pine Avenue, where patrol officers attempted to break up a fight between two men, the Long Beach Police Department said in a news release.

Police tried to arrest the altercation's "main aggressor," who appeared to be intoxicated, the statement said. Several of his friends allegedly attempted to intervene in the arrest.

Some witnesses disputed that account.

"There was an argument. There was no fighting at all. Before the cops even got there it was done, so there was nothing for them to break up," Sophia Lopez told KTLA on Thursday. "We were going to go our separate ways. They just went in and started swinging batons."

A 53-second cellphone appears to show an officer restraining 25-year-old Ashleigh Sola by putting his arm around her neck, then throwing her to the ground as another officer pushes her friends away.

“What I see in the video is a very dangerous, volatile, unpredictable situation,” said Deputy Chief Richard Rocchi with the Long Beach Police Department. "You're trying to make an arrest and control those that are coming in and trying to intervene."

Three men and one woman, all of whom sustained minor injuries, were taken into custody on multiple charges, police said.  According to the news release:

Ashleigh Sola, 25, said she suffered a large bruise on her left thigh after a Long Beach police officer struck her with a baton during a violent arrest. (Credit: KTLA)

Ashleigh Sola, 25, said she suffered a large bruise on her left thigh after a Long Beach police officer struck her with a baton during a violent arrest. (Credit: KTLA)

-Sola, of Long Beach, was booked for public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer. Her bail was set at $20,000.

-Gerardo Lopez, 26, of Paramount, was booked for fighting in public, public intoxication and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $10,000.

-Thomas Ramirez, 35, of Wilmington, was booked for public intoxication and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $10,000.

-Kelvin Grant, 39, of Long Beach, was booked for public intoxication, possession of marijuana, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container and battery on a peace officer. Grant was not involved in the fight but "refused to leave the area when ordered by officers," the police statement said. His bail was set at $10,000.

Due to the size of the crowd at the scene, officers were unable to detain two other females who were involved in the incident, authorities said.

The four arrestees were released after posting bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on May 14.

On Thursday, Sola's right thigh had a large bruise that she said was the result of being hit by an officer baton during her arrest.

For police "to say that it was necessary for them to have done what they did, it's not OK," Sola said.

The Police Department said the incident, in accordance with protocol, is undergoing an internal review "to ensure the arrests were made within the law and within department policy."