Inquiry ordered into California officer after taped beating

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The police chief in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Vallejo said Monday that he ordered an investigation into the use of force by an officer seen punching and hitting a man with a flashlight in a video that spread online and drew outrage.

Chief Andrew Bidou said that once the internal affairs division completes its inquiry, he will review it and decide how to proceed. He asked for patience as the investigation plays out.

"We are aware of the attention this particular incident has gained and therefore I have ordered a full and complete investigation," he said in a statement.

The confrontation happened Friday afternoon at a gas station after police were called about a man acting erratically, threatening people and simulating a gun with his fingers, the department said.

Footage of the confrontation shows the officer punching the man and then hitting him with his flashlight after a second officer arrives to help subdue him.

One officer was injured. The man was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and being under the influence. His condition was not available Monday.

Police said the officer will remain on leave during the investigation and that officers should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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