Long Beach police respond to use-of-force incident caught on video

KTLA 5 aired footage of Long Beach police officers subduing a man they say was resisting arrest early Sunday morning.
KTLA 5 aired footage of Long Beach police officers subduing a man they say was resisting arrest early Sunday morning. KTLA 5

Police responded Monday to an incident that took place over the weekend in Long Beach in which an 18-year-old resident was beaten and tased by Long Beach officers. Officers say the man was resisting arrest.

KTLA 5 aired two videos of the incident caught on cell phones Monday, both show Carlo Gonzalez, 18, of Long Beach pleading with officers as he's being subdued with batons and a taser: 

Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton told the station that officers were responding to reports of a fight on Broadway early Sunday morning, and that Gonzalez resisted arrest when he was approached. 

"Anytime you have use of force, it just doesn't look good," Eaton said, adding "But we really have to just look at the context of what the officers were engaged [in] at that point." 

Gonzalez told KTLA that he had been play fighting with a friend. He was booked on suspicion of intoxication, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, the station reported. 

Long Beach police could not be reached for comment. 

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