Controversial video of sheriff's deputies prompts investigation

Posted at 11:14 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 02:14:40-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The San Diego Sheriff's Department is reviewing the actions of several deputies after a witness posted a controversial video on Facebook.

The video shows two deputies walking a man in handcuffs just before they slam his head into a fence. Later in the video, they can be seen smacking another man in the head who is already down on the ground in handcuffs.

The woman who shared the video on Facebook claims they deputies used excessive force and wants justice for the two men. 

A Sheriff's spokesman says the video was taken on Monday morning when deputies were responding to a domestic violence call at a Vista apartment complex.

When deputies arrived the suspect was wielding a weapon and holding someone against their will, the spokesman said. During the arrest, other parties fought with the deputies. 

The spokesperson says the department is reviewing the body camera footage and the cell phone video.

10News visited the scene of the arrests. Outside the complex, you can still see smashed plants.