A Sweetwater police officer was caught on camera punching a man during the tense moments police raided a home to arrest his brother.
Sweetwater police were searching for James Castro, who they say hit and injured an officer with a car while making a traffic stop earlier that morning.
Officers are seen trying to detain two men – neither of them were James Castro, but his brothers. An officer is later seen punching one of the men and then putting him in a chokehold.
Castro’s family is now claiming police used excessive force, but the Sweetwater police chief says officers acted in accordance with the law.
This video only tells part of the story, Robert Pusins, a law enforcement expert said. “While the initial impression of a video may appear alarming, may appear disturbing, it’s still only telling part of the story. And when law enforcement looks at use of force, we have to look at the totality of circumstances.