A Sacramento cop is caught on camera choking and punching a jaywalker.
The video shows the unnamed cop grabbing Nandi Cain Jr. by the throat and throwing him to the ground before punching him.
The video was recorded by Cain's friend Naomi Montaie as she was coming home from work.
'I never witnessed anything like that. He just kept hitting him, and kept hitting him, and I was like, 'Oh my God...why you hitting him like that? Why you hitting him like that?'."
The video begins with Cain squaring up to the cop, taking off his jacket but remaining still.
The officer advances and grabs him by the throat and forces him to the ground.
Montaie moves closer as the officer punches Cain repeatedly before twisting his arm back and handcuffing him.
"Hey, why you beating him like that?...Oh Jesus! I seen this, Lord. He's breaking his arm!"
Five other officers appear on the scene and later Montaie says Cain was initially stopped for jaywalking.
A news release by the Sacramento police department says the actions of the officer isn't something they stand for.
“The videos of this incident portray actions and behavior that we would consider unacceptable conduct by a Sacramento police officer...As a result, the Department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the event.”
Sacramento police spokesman Sergeant Bryce Heinlein says the officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave.
A second release says a criminal investigation is underway.
“The actions of the involved Sacramento Police Officer are disturbing and (do) not appear to be reasonable based upon the circumstances.”
The Sacramento police said that they did stop a man that day at around 5pm for a violation but they did not say what kind nor did they confirm Cain's identity.
The Sacramento Press has reported before that the department's jaywalking policies have been criticized as being a money-making scheme because of the fines attached to a seemingly innocuous offense.