The Sacramento Bee reports an interesting story about a young man who was stopped from running a red light and was later hit with a baton and arrested. A 20 year old man, Anthony Blanco, was arrested in Merced County on suspicion of resisting an executive officer and driving under the influence. When the officer asked him to set out of his vehicle, he was reportedly acting very physically aggressive so the officer responded by hitting him in the stomach with his baton. One has to question if this was really the best course of action. Very little information was given about the arrest and no BAC level was released.
On one hand, the driver could have in fact been a danger to the officer causing him to respond in order to protect himself. On the other hand, Mr. Blanco was driving with two passengers in the vehicle. Some may assume that if he was so intoxicated to the point that he would attack a police officer, one of the passengers would have offered to drive instead. This is likely not a case of police brutality, but it is troublesome to think that you could be stopped by police for running a red light and then hit with a baton and arrested all because the police officer suspected that you were drunk.
Hopefully, Mr. Blanco will have access to a DUI attorney who can get access to the dashboard camera of the police's vehicle in order to see what really happened. It may be worth noting that the two passengers were also both arrested. One for an outstanding warrant and the other for being drunk in public. The outstanding warrant arrest was most likely reasonable, but it seems like this police stop was a very bad experience for all parties involved.