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Police filmed battering man who was ‘suffering a panic attack’

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Eugene Martindale III and a shot of video footage of him being beaten by police officers in February in Long Beach, California.
Eugene Martindale III was beaten by police officers while his family said he was ‘suffering from a panic attack’ (Photo: Family/ABC 7)

Video footage shows a man being beaten by police officers while allegedly suffering from a panic attack.

Eugene Martindale III was brutally beaten in February in Long Beach, California, and now his family, who says he is mentally-ill, are suing the police.

Toni Jaramilla, Martindale’s attorney, told ABC 7 that ‘he was not resisting’ and ‘was looking for someone to help him.’

She added: ‘You’ll see his legs kicking up but that’s because he was being beaten. He does not have a cell phone. He does not have a vehicle. He doesn’t even know how to drive.

‘He doesn’t have a driver’s license. He was having a mental episode and needed someone to “please call my dad.”‘

His father, Eugene Martindale Jr, said that his son was just having a panic attack and needed some help.

He added: ‘Usually he gets help. Someone will loan him a phone or someone will call for him, and I’ll come and get him.’

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Martindale Jr said that it was painful to watch people beating up his son and was torn up over the video.

He added: ‘Just thinking about it now still gets me choked up. Just seeing your child viciously beat like that, two or three people on top of him, just pounding away. It hurt.’

The new complaint alleges that a security guard accused Martindale III of stealing a car and tasered him before calling police.

The carjacking charges were dropped, but Martindale was still taken into custody over the false claims.

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Jaramilla said that this is yet another case of police brutality towards black people in America.

She added: ‘Once again, we have an unarmed Black man, who was brutalized by law enforcement,’ she said.

Martindale pleaded no contest to two felony counts of resisting arrest as part of a plea deal to avoid facing almost nine years in prison.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with three years of probation.

Jaramilla said he is receiving psychiatric help in lockup as the complaint moves forward.

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