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Disturbing Video Of Sacramento Suspect Who Died In Police Custody

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Cellphone video image of man who died in custody after an alleged struggle with Sacramento police officers.

Cellphone video image of man who died in custody after an alleged struggle with Sacramento police officers.

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Authorities were investigating the death of a suspect who died after an alleged violent struggle with Sacramento police officers who were called to a retail store by a clerk who told a 911 dispatcher that she feared for her safety.

Cellphone video obtained from an anonymous bystander of the arrest on the 8300 block of Folsom Boulevard shows the suspect being restrained by a male officer’s legs, while a female officer strikes him 10 times with a baton.

However, according to the police press release, pepper spray and multiple baton strikes were used to free an officer that was in the suspect’s grasp. In addition, the release notes bystanders kicking the suspect, and a security guard also using a baton on the suspect.

Police said the trouble started around 6 p.m. Friday when the clerk at a Metro PCS store called 911 and said the man had walked into the store and was making unintelligible sounds.

When officers arrived they said the suspect became combative, with the struggle becoming so violent that it moved from inside of the store and out onto the sidewalk and parking lot in front of the store.

Police said at least two citizens and a security guard tried to help before more police arrived.

The name of the suspect — described as a man in his 40s — has not been released.

The official cause of death is unknown and will be determined by the coroner.

An investigation is underway involving the department’s homicide, internal affairs and crime scene investigation units, as well as the city’s office of public safety and accountability and the district attorney’s office.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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