Corrections Officer Matthew Mettler is facing charges after surveillance video shows him allegedly striking a hooded inmate whose hands were cuffed behind his back.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office released the above 35-second clip depicting the alleged abusive incident.
In the video, the man, who officers say became combative after being detained for public intoxication, can be seen sitting with a spit hood on his head and hands cuffed behind his back when a corrections officer enters the room. That officer, who authorities have identified as Mettler, can be seen walking up to the shackled man and blatantly striking him with his hand.
The man, who remained unidentified at the time of publishing, can then be seems falling over to the side before slumping to the floor.
Before exiting the room, the corrections officer is seen picking the arrestee back up before placing him upright against the wall.