Brutal beating caught on tape: Police say 'retaliation crimes' on the rise in Ocean Beach
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SAN DIEGO - 10News has uncovered video of a beating in Ocean Beach that police say may be the break they have been looking for.
It is the latest in a string of so-called "retaliation crimes" happening in beach communities.
The video shows the tail end of a violent beating in Ocean Beach.
It shows a group of men and women ruthlessly, punching, kicking and stomping the head of an unconscious man, with some yelling for their turn.
"It's tough to watch," said San Diego police Lt. Brian Goldberg. "That's a brutal, brutal crime."
10News showed the video to the San Diego police officers on the case. The unedited, 30-second clip was sent to 10News by the person who filmed it and who wanted to stay anonymous.
"It's appalling," said Goldberg. "When we see something like this, we want to do everything in our power to right the wrong."
Police call it a "retaliation crime” and there has been a spike of them in the Ocean Beach area. They are violent beatings that are not being formally reported.
The victim in the attack refused to talk to police and told the person who filmed the video it is because "snitches get stitches -- and in his case, he doesn't want any more."
Looking past the violence, there is evidence.
One shot shows a man falling and tripping over the victim. It is not a clear shot of the man, but police say it is a great place to start.
"This is very helpful," said Goldberg. "Because of this, we can probably identify one of the suspects, and it makes our job a lot easier."
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