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Use of force investigation has been launched on video of Santa Clarita sheriff’s deputy using neck grab on suspect

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CANYON COUNTRY (UKTN) – A video of two Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies struggling to arrest a man suspected of parcel theft has sparked a use of force investigation, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident was filmed around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday near Jakes Way and Danielson Street, where deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley train station were dispatched after a reported package theft, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Authorities say that when the deputies approached the scene, they encountered a man walking with a package.

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“The man told MPs that the package did not belong to him. The deputies attempted to detain the man in connection with an investigation into the theft, ”a statement from the Sheriff’s Department said. “The man became uncooperative and force was used.”

Video shared on social media shows the man standing over a deputy on the ground before a second deputy pulls him off using a neck grab. The second deputy moves over the man and the two deputies struggle to control him.

Nearly half a minute later, MPs appeared to take control of the man before he kicked and temporarily released himself from the grip of MPs. The video ends shortly after a vehicle blocks the view.

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The deputies and the suspect sustained moderate injuries but did not require hospitalization, authorities said.

Officials say the man involved in the altercation was wanted for the armed robbery of a US postal carrier earlier today. A handgun was simulated in the theft, investigators said.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the man told MPs “the package did not belong to him.”

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“It’s a clue,” added Villanueva. “The deputies tried to detain the man over a theft investigation, which sounds like a good idea, right?”

The postman identified the suspect and he was registered at the Santa Clarita Valley train station on suspicion of robbery and assault on a peace officer.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.


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