A new video has emerged of a Yuba City, California police officer who attacked a man for “resisting arrest.”
Roland Ybarra, a 59-year-old California man, called the police to report a robbery but ended up in handcuffs himself.
According to KCRA Channel 3, Ybarra was taken into custody on Monday afternoon at a Taco Bell in Yuba City. The reason for his arrest was for resisting arrest and parole violations, but the video shows otherwise.
The video clearly shows that an officer punches Ybarra in the face twice as Ybarra stands with his hands behind his back.
According to Yuba City Police Lt. Jim Runyen, the officers were responding to a disturbance and said that Ybarra was one of the men involved in a fight that broke out at the restaurant.
Ybarra’s wife Kathi spoke with Channel 3 and said that the video “made me sick to my stomach. It just upset me. It clearly looked like he was the one assaulted — not the other way around.”
Kathi Ybarra said that her husband was confronting a man who had stolen money from him.
“He confronted him and called the police department to come because the guy had cashed his check for $5,000,” she said.
Some witnesses say Roland Ybarra attacked the officers first, but Kathi says otherwise.
“If he would have attacked a police officer like they’re claiming, you know, I think they would have shot him,” Kathi Ybarra said. “And I think they would have charged him with assaulting a police officer, not just resisting arrest.”
The department says they are reviewing the incident.
“I would imagine he’s going to try to file a law suit against the county. It’s time the city, someone needs to hold them accountable,” Kathi Ybarra said. “This was just too much. He didn’t lose his life, but he very well could have.”