A witness to a Costa Mesa
arrest that occurred this afternoon on 17th Street
avenues contacted the Weekly
alleging a brutal confrontation between police and an unidentified man. The witness, who didn't want to be identified, said police roughed the man up around 3 p.m., then after putting him in the back of a squad car, rolled down the window and continued punching him in the head.
But that's not how it went down, says the Costa Mesa Police Department
Costa Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Phil Myers
confirmed that the man was arrested on a drug warrant in front of Coast Hand Wash
Explaining the incident looked more severe than it actually was, he
said neither the suspect nor the arresting officers were injured.
was some use of force issues, but it was within policy," Sgt. Myers
said. "I appreciate the concerns from the community but this was very
The suspect is currently in custody. Police are not releasing his name at this time. If there are any witnesses who saw the incident, leave your comments below--and if you took photos or video, send it along!Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!