A Desert Hot Springs police officer is bring investigated after a video of an altercation between the officer and a suspect went viral.
The officer’s name has not been released. He is seen in the video standing extremely close to the suspect, repeating to the man, “Stop mad-dogging me!”
The suspect, identified by police as Joshua Felix, claims he is being harassed.
“You haven’t seen harassment yet,” the officer tells the suspect.
At one point, the suspect calls the officer a “retard,” which is followed by the officer placing the suspect in handcuffs.
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Felix was later released at the scene. He told KESQ that prior to police arriving, a fight broke out and he acted in self-defense after a man hit him in the face with a beer bottle.
“Swung the bottle on my head right here which kinda cut me right here a little bit cuz the bottle shattered on my head it was a full bottle,” Felix explained to the television station. “That’s when he just walks right up to me and stands right in my face. I get irritated myself because I just got assaulted and now I’m getting yelled at by police.”
Desert Hot Springs Police Chief Dale Mondary says that while the department is conducting an internal investigation, he believes the officer did nothing wrong.
Mondary told the Desert Sun, “Contrary to what people are saying on social media, he has not committed a crime.”