MANTECA — The raw body cam footage of a police officer who beat a non-aggressive, sleeping homeless man has surfaced online, causing outrage at and criticism of the Manteca Police Department.
The Manteca Police released the footage last Thursday.
They claim that the beating of the homeless man was “justified,” despite the fact that the man was sound asleep when the cop first began initiating violent force.
Robert Olvera, 48, is a veteran who became homeless due to financial difficulties in a troubled economy and had to find a place to sleep at night.
He says he was brutally beaten and tased by the officer for no reason.
Olvera was sound asleep behind a car wash facility.
He was not bothering anybody, and the car was facility appeared to be closed already.
Officer Ben Cromwell approached Olvera with his Taser already drawn, pointing it at Olvera’s sleeping body.
Officer Cromwell can be heard on the video screaming “Police! Wake up!” again and again.
Olvera was so deep in sleep that he couldn’t even consciously register what was happening, and clearly did not pose any threat to Officer Cromwell.
Despite no threat of danger, Officer Cromwell appears to use his foot to either kick or step on Olvera.
Olvera then is startled, confused and wakes up. He can be heard groaning in pain and saying something like “Ouch! That hurt!”
That’s when officer Cromwell appears to climb on top of Olvera and begin beating him.
Officer Cromwell yanked Olvera’s arm back so hard that Olvera can be heard complaining that “You’re breaking my arm!”http://filmingcops.com/cop-climbs-on-top-of-homeless-veteran-who-was-sleeping-and-pounds-his-face-in-tases-him/