Video has emerged of a February 18 incident showing a California motorist pulled over for suspected drunk driving being clubbed by two Butte County Sheriffs Deputies.
30-year-old Sean Reardon was stopped by police as he drove his Chevy Suburban near 5th and Main Streets in Chico, when, after getting out of his car, he was tackled to the ground and ‘hog tied’ by the two police officers before being beaten with a baton as he lie in the road.
The disturbing footage shows Reardon being hit multiple times with the baton before being taken to a hospital.
“Pull him over!” one officer shouts to the other as he reigns down baton blows to Reardon’s rib cage.
Reardon says he was in ICU for 4 days and suffered multiple broken bones, including ribs, his nose and sternum.
Watch the raw footage:
Reardon alleges the incident occurred ‘without provocation’ and says he also suffered acute respiratory failure and had to be put on a ventilator at the hospital.
The Butte County Chief Deputy District Attorney claimed the officers used force to restrain Reardon who was said to be almost twice over the legal limit for driving.
Officers claim Reardon had failed to appear at court on gun charges and refused to raise his hands after being stopped. They also claim he attempted to flee when pulled over and hit two cars.
Police say after he hit a parked car, Reardon got out of his vehicle and approached an officer, before complying with orders to lie on the ground.
Reardon was charged with evading the officers, DUI, DUI with alcohol or drugs within 10 years of a prior, and resisting an executive officer.
He remains in custody without bail.