Still, he was surprised when the officers suddenly drove onto the grass to intercept the pair and immediately took Cortez’s friend and another man into custody.
“I knew that what I was doing wasn’t wrong and I wanted to capture it on film.”.
The incident has sparked a use-of-force investigation into the actions of the officer, who has not been named, the department said.
Instead, she said, officers had intended to detain Cortez along with the other two men on suspicion of firearms possession.
The two other men were released without being arrested, while Cortez was arrested for resisting an executive officer.
One of the officers moved suddenly toward him in an apparent attempt to grab his phone, the video shows.
Rocio Cortez recalled how her son grew emotional as he recounted watching the police squad coming toward him and his friend. »