Police in San Diego responding to an unruly crowd came upon two active-duty marines giving first aid to an unconscious man. What happened next will astound you.
The marines were out celebrating the return of one of their own from Afghanistan when a fight broke out. In a police bodycam video they can clearly be seen aiding the man when police arrive on the scene. The police have adopted this official stance on the matter:
“[The Marines] forcibly grabbed an officer to free his friend from police. When an officer attempted to arrest him, he resisted. The only way he was taken into custody is after the sergeant punched him several times in the face.
In the video another officer can be heard shouting, “Sarge! Sarge! Sarge! No punching, Sarge!”
After having their civil rights violated and being arrested, the two marines now face the possibility of prison time and a dishonorable discharge from the Corps. Paul Neuharth, attorney for one of the men said, “You’ve got two Marines that will be kicked out of the Marine Corps as a result of this if convicted of those felonies, which started as giving First Aid to an unconscious person they never knew.”
The San Diego District Attorney’s office released this statement:
We can only file criminal charges when we believe we can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt, as we do in this case. We are moving forward with the case and will be presenting evidence at the upcoming preliminary hearing.
View the entire story including the bodycam video below.
H/T: The Free Thought Project Image: Screengrab from video