VIDEO: Santa Ana Police Clobber Burglary Suspect With Batons and Fists

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Surveillance video still shot

On the night of June 20, Edgar Vargas Arzate reportedly ran away from SanTana police officers before giving himself up. That's where surveillance cameras perched above the front yard of a home captured a good-ol' fashioned clobbering.

The 27-year-old clearly puts his hands in the air and then lays on the ground appearing to be compliant. The first officer to approach Vargas pummels him with six straight punches. Another swings his baton at the burglary suspect's legs soon after.

"He started hitting him right away," said Miriam Grajales, owner of the footage, to a KTLA-TV Channel 5 reporter this weekend. "The guy didn't even resist."

Grajales' footage is silent, and Vargas gets pulled off-screen for a number of minutes before being hauled away in cuffs. But the woman says she witnessed everything that night, adding that officers used a Taser on him that didn't show up in the footage.

Vargas was hospitalized at St. Joseph hospital in Orange after the encounter. His mother told the Orange County Register he may have been high off meth due to his prior drug history and fled police out of paranoia.

Vargas has since pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted burglary, resisting arrest, tampering with a vehicle and battering a police officer.

As for the officers who went to town on Vargas? Santa Ana police say they only recently obtained the surveillance footage. Department spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna tells reporters that the use of force is currently under internal investigation and can't comment beyond that.

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Sun King
Sun King

Six Straight Punches, Just Shows That His Training Paid Off, Touché!

Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore

God damn! That's some bs! Stupid ass pigs.

Alex Stouffer
Alex Stouffer

He may be guilty, but the courts exist to punish criminals. Police are neither judge, jury, or executioner. To initiate force after a clear surrender is completely unethical.

FFO1939
FFO1939

Ni modo, asi es la vida!!

Margarita Vela
Margarita Vela

what about the trama they cause by commiting crimes?

Margarita Vela
Margarita Vela

^ everything you just said sounded like you had your mouth full of cheeseburgers...

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

Alexander grumunski....your service to this great country is extremely appreciated, beyond words. However it is odd that you don't back the badge as most vets do.

Alexander Grumunski
Alexander Grumunski

You are right. I removed the angry stuff because it was uncalled for. But what is still up there - and what I wrote to Margarita - is the truth. Believe that.

Alexander Grumunski
Alexander Grumunski

When they catch you, they take you into custody. That's what should happen. What shouldn't happen is when they catch you, they beat the fucking shit out of you. See the difference?

Alexander Grumunski
Alexander Grumunski

Give it time brother. You are young, Hispanic and live in the OC. It's just a matter of time.

Alexander Grumunski
Alexander Grumunski

Nope Margarita. Not internet courage. You are from Santa Ana. If anyone knows about police brutality, it's a Latina from South OC. Wait until your ass gets thumped on by cops outside of Boscoes one night. Then, and only then, you'll be thanking people like me. And FYI - you are the first person to ever call this Vietnam vet Marine (was Air Force too) and EOD tech, a coward.

Eddie Flores
Eddie Flores

The guy was robbing a house..who's to say he wouldn't have killed the home owners if they came home while he was robbing the property. .I would feel good seeing the man that robed me get he's as whooped cause if I had the chance I would kick he's ass worse then what they did for stealing from me.

Damien Murray
Damien Murray

Im sure this guy had it coming...i wonder how many innocent people this guy robbed and beat before this happened...not the first time.

Eddie Flores
Eddie Flores

What it doesn't show is him resisting arrest .If he was or wasn't. ..I don't make judgment calls if I can't see everything. ..This is a problem with technology we are showed what the lense shows..not the hole picture..I wish if that situation was overboard they get dealt with....but if it was necessary let it go..

Susan Sully Sullivan
Susan Sully Sullivan

The "Protect and Serve" is supposed to be for US not the cops- how many cops was that and half just hanging around watching...sad state of affairs

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

The US doesn't have severe beatings as part of it's penal code. Therefore the cops are acting unconstitutionally. Nobody made them judge, jury and executioner.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

Right, people being beaten and perhaps permanently injured and traumatized by police is FUNNY. If, that is, you are an amoral psychopath...

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Hate to say it, but it looks like excesive force basd on the video.  My guess is that once the IA is done, several Officers will be disciplined?

blondeambitions62
blondeambitions62

while its hard to feel sorry for a burgler...he has rights too and im sick of cops abusing their authority they act like this is the wild west thugs in uniform just like fullterton pd guess they will be hiring john barnet he gets cops off.....lol

Matthew Acosta
Matthew Acosta

David Van Wormer, now this is bad...even if he was a suspect. Seemed to be in compliance, right?

Marlon Spears
Marlon Spears

You weren't there and neither was I. Take the guy down using the methods using the proper procedure and let the courts handle it.

Rav Holly
Rav Holly

That maybe true, but this guy wasn't innocent, and I'm 100% against police brutality until it's someone like this guy who deserved it.

Nohollow
Nohollow

Hell yeah, beat that guy some more. That's great entertainment. Too bad we don't get those videos everyday.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

He was already down. They should have simply handcuffed and arrested him . The beating served no purpose and was illegal use of force. The arresting officers should be charged with assault.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

Happens EVERY DAY. Check out CopBlock on FB, they have constant stories about police beating and hurting the wrong people in cases of mistaken identity.

Adamo Don Vito
Adamo Don Vito

He breaks into someone's house. Then runs from cops. Gets caught. Won't let them out cuffs on. I don't see the issue other than in a week or three he'll be robbing someone else. Hopefully it's an 80 year-old-man with a PISTOL.

Jason Meader
Jason Meader

There's cameras everywhere these days what are they thinking? Police are a reflection of society and our society is sick right now

Jeff Slvrbck Baniaga
Jeff Slvrbck Baniaga

Hahahaha. I wonder what some of you would do if YOU caught a burglar in your house?! I know I would be having to explain a dead body. Just saying.

Cesar Alfaro
Cesar Alfaro

They don't what their job is n look like is not protecting the ppl but beating up ppl n not wanting to do reports because they ppl n all of sudden the victim becomes the bad guys n the DA not pressing charges wtf is going with the system?

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

Alexander grumunski....wow, you sound upset. I'm sorry my opinion has caused you to lose focus. However, looking at the comments here I don't think I'm the only one with this view on the issue. Anyone who disagrees with you must also be a waste of human beings and idiots. Interesting.

Jouvon Michael Kingsby
Jouvon Michael Kingsby

He should be fired and banned from the force. Criminals already going to jail that's bad enough.

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

If you shot a cop aka armed assault on police officer, you have no respect for any human life, therefore you deserve a bullet between the eyes.

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

I use to hang around nothing but gangsters. I learned my lesson that a life of crime and constantly fighting your friends and neighbors isn't worth a damn thing. I used to worry about getting harassed by the police all the time. I used to run from them also, after committing crimes in my own neighborhood. I expected the cops to beat my ass if they caught me. But guess what? I don't commit crimes and stay away from negative people who never grew up. Ironically I don't have to worry about police brutality. Don't believe every piece of shit news article you read that was written only to gain notoriety.

Jordan Chaidez
Jordan Chaidez

Why is anyone mad at this? I wish they would do this to me WHILE a video is recording. That dude is going to be rich!

Alexander Grumunski
Alexander Grumunski

Ruben Diaz - you are an idiot. I don't care if you have just committed an armed assult on a cop, badges don't grant extra rights. The lesson learned here is that your Mexican ass is going to get pummeled by the OC Sheriffs some day, just because you are Mexican, and we are all going to be there as your voice. Stop the senseless garbage. Police do not determine right and wrong and thusly, should not be giving out punishment. Next thing you know, you are going to defend pigs that beat deaf people because they failed to comply. Jesus are you a waste of a human being.

Gerald Shaw
Gerald Shaw

If your going to run your taking that chance with the way our world is today !!! I believe cops are tired of all this shit just like most of us are !!! Right or wrong !!! It's the way it is !!!!

Mayra Ruiz
Mayra Ruiz

Wow santa ana police wow I don't know how this police officers are getting trained but a lot of this officers are on a power trip. Santa ana p.d. needs to be investigated

Ivan Garcia
Ivan Garcia

I personally think that there should not be police, only then can we live in peace. Lol let the animals run wild!

Debi Larsen
Debi Larsen

If you run from the police what on earth do you THINK should happen?!

bumycac
bumycac

I would be resisting too if my face and legs was being pummeled after I surrender. The cops are not the judge and executioner do your job and arrest the guy and let the jury decide if he's innocent or guilty...of all people you're hispanic you should understand what harassment is. Probably a pig or related to one.

bumycac
bumycac

They say that not all cops are bad...those standing around and doing nothing while their colleagues commit a crime are POS as well.

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