Graphic video shows California jail beating

11 Jan 2021

(KCRA) Newly released video shows an inmate being punched and hit with a stun gun while in custody at California's Auburn Main Jail.

The video, which was released Thursday, depicts a May 14, 2017, incident involving inmate Beau Bangert. He suffers from schizophrenia, according to civil rights attorney Mark Merin, who represented Bangert, the representative plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit.

In the video, Bangert is standing alone in a cell with his fists raised. A Placer County sheriff's deputy then forces him into a wall using a plastic body shield. Three other corrections officers rush in to restrain him.

While he's restrained, Bangert is punched several times in the head and hit with a stun gun as the officers attempt to subdue him. About 90 seconds into the video, four additional officers come into the cell and Bangert is taken to the ground.

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