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Christian Alonso Attacked By Sheriff’s Deputy In Hesperia

Video Shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Violently Attacking Christian Alonso  (Full Name: Christian Cardenas Alonso) During Arrest In Hesperia

HESPERIA, CALIFORNIA (March 29, 2024) – A man identified as Christian Alonso was viciously attacked by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies as he was being arrested in Hesperia.

The encounter took place on Tuesday at the intersection of Main Street and East Avenue. Authorities said that they pulled over Christian Alonso and identified him as a suspect in an armed robbery two days earlier.

Authorities said that he refused to exit his vehicle before deputies pulled him out. A video of the encounter shows a deputy wearing blue jeans and a black sweater repeatedly knee and punch Christian Alonso in the head as other deputies are already holding him down.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that one deputy has been placed on administrative leave after a video of the incident surfaced. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For San Bernardino County Police Brutality

Use-of-force encounters involving law enforcement are all too common. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “Of the estimated 250,000 civilians injured each year by law enforcement, approximately 85,000 suffer a non-fatal injury requiring hospital treatment.” Each year these encounters result in around 600  – 1000 civilian deaths. Police departments should take a number of measures to help prevent suspects from being needlessly injured or killed.

  • Training: Police department should provide all of their officers with comprehensive training on de-escalation techniques and conflict resolution.
  • Use of Force Policies: Police departments should develop and enforce clear use of force policies.
  • Equipment: Police officers should have appropriate equipment such as tasers, which can reduce their reliance on their service weapons.
  • Body Cameras: All police officers should be required to wear body cameras whenever they are interacting with the public.

Police officers must use the least amount of force necessary to perform their job duties. That force must end when a suspect has been subdued. According to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of law, deprives someone of their rights afforded under the Constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. When officers use excessive force, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many different examples of excessive force.

  • Police officers may shoot a suspect who does not pose a threat to anyone.
  • Police officers may have hit a suspect who was already restrained.
  • Police officers may have placed a suspect in an illegal chokehold.

The police should never strike a suspect who has already been subdued. This is both dangerous and illegal. Sadly, though, many of these abuses of power are never properly documented. But the proliferation of smartphones has allowed more and more instances of police brutality to be captured on film. Any person who is injured by the police may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating San Bernardino County Police Brutality

We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP were deeply concerned to hear about the violent arrest of Christian Alonso. This was a senseless attack on a person who was already restrained. No matter what any person is suspected of doing, they still have rights under the law that must be respected. It is our sincere hope that there is accountability for what happened.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured by the excessive force of law enforcement? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to assist you. We care deeply that victims of police brutality get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.

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MICHAEL S. CARRILLO, Partner

Michael works on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.