News station KGW filmed a group of deputies in Marion County, Oregon, piling on and viciously beating a homeless mentally ill man after he tried to warn them about a cougar in the area.
Video of the incident clearly shows the deputies attacking Kevin Straw. One deputy punched Straw at least two dozen times while Straw screamed for help, reports Oregon Live.
The other deputies did nothing while Straw was assaulted.
“I came to warn you about the cougar,” Straw told the deputies. “There’s a cougar. It’s hurting people.”
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office claimed the deputies were coordinating a search for a missing father and son, and “were left with no choice but to” but to arrest Straw for an unidentified crime.
The sheriff’s office alleged that Straw returned twice after being told twice by deputies to leave the area.
David Rogers, executive director of the Oregon ACLU, was shocked by the video:
That video is disturbing. It’s violent. Honestly, if that does not represent excessive use of force, I’m not quite sure what does.
The sheriff’s office said a knife (not seen in the video) was taken from Straw who will receive a mental health evaluation.
The sheriff’s office said that Straw will likely be charged for interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest.