Police review home video of violent stadium arrest

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A snippet of home video showing a violent struggle between a San Diego police officer and an allegedly drunk and belligerent soccer fan he was arresting at Qualcomm Stadium this week was under review Thursday by SDPD officials.

The 49-second tape, posted on YouTube on Wednesday, shows the lawman on the floor of a concourse area at the Mission Valley sports arena the previous evening, wrestling with 27-year-old David Rangel of San Diego.

The officer, whose name has not been released, at times used his arm to put Rangel in a chokehold from behind and finally shoved Rangel's head onto the concrete, causing a loud smacking sound when the side of the detainee's face and the palm of his hand hit the floor.

Rangel then stops struggling as the officer shouts, “Put you hands behind your (expletive) back!”

Following the arrest, the officer was evaluated for complaints of pain, and the suspect was treated for a cut above one of his eyes, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said. Rangel was then booked on suspicion of battery on a peace officer and public drunkenness.

The neck hold the officer used against the suspect is known as a carotid restraint and is a safe compliance technique police are trained to use to subdue violent people, Assistant Chief Bob Kanaski told reporters.

Rangel and a companion were arrested after a fan at the Mexico vs. Venezuela soccer match reported that the two men were throwing food and other debris at spectators in the stands.

As of this morning, SDPD officials had not opened a formal investigation into the arrest, though they were reviewing the videotape to determine if such an inquiry might be warranted, Brown said.

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