Butte County Sheriff's Deputy taken off duty after arrest incident

Aug 26, 2014 5:41 PM by News Staff

A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy has been taken off patrol duty after an arrest incident in which bystander cell phone video shows the deputy kicking the head of a suspect while he was on his knees.

The witness, Shawn Montana, said he was driving in Oroville on Myers Street near Southside Mini-Mart around 11 a.m. when he noticed a man and the deputy exchanging blows. He said he also saw the deputy pull out his baton and then drop it during the confrontation.

Moments later, Montana grabbed his cell phone to record what happened afterward. The video shows the suspect apparently agreeing to drop to his knees. Seconds later, the video shows the deputy kicking the man in the head, knocking him to the pavement in the middle of the street.

Sheriff Kory Honea told Action News Now that he immediately launched an internal investigation to see if the deputy violated any policies. Honea also called Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and has requested his office conduct an independent investigation.

Honea told Action News Now that the video does not tell the whole story about what exactly happened during the incident. Even so, he said he knew immediately that this incident had to be addressed as soon as he saw the video. He promised that his department will conduct a complete and transparent investigation on the incident.

Honea said the deputy, Sam Burnett was doing normal patrols when he recognized the suspect from previous contatcs. Deputy Burnett approached the suspect regarding an outstanding warrant and thats when the reported fight broke out.

Both the suspect and Deputy Burnett were transported to a local hospital for evaluation, but neither of them suffered serious injuries.


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