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Deputy Caught on Tape Stomping on Head of Suspect

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into a violent tussle between a deputy and a suspect that was caught on tape.

Video footage from an arrest the morning of Friday July 13 in Downtown Los Angeles shows the deputy stomping on the head of a sexual battery suspect.

The arrest took place when the victim's husband flagged down two LASD Transit Services Bureau deputies to inform them his wife had been grabbed from behind and groped by the suspect while the victim was exiting her husband's vehicle near 1st and Hill Streets, according to the LASD.

The husband pointed out the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Alexis Husmario Torres, who was at a nearby bus stop. When approached by the deputies, Torres was reportedly uncooperative and engaged in a fight with the deputies. All three sustained minor injuries that required treatment, notes the LASD.

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However, video obtained by Telemundo "shows what appears to be a deputy stomping on the head" of Torres, according to NBC Los Angeles. The Telemundo crew was near the arrest scene working on an unrelated story when the incident took place.

The deputy in question is "a 24-year veteran with the department" who has since been suspended with pay. Spokesman Steve Whitmore says the LASD was already aware of the incident before the footage surfaced, and have already launched an investigation into the arrest.

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