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Sacramento County deputy on leave after using Taser, pepper spray

A Sacramento County sheriff’s patrol deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave while the department investigates the force he used to arrest a man.

The arrest – during which the deputy used pepper spray, a Taser and hit the suspect, John Madison Reyes, with a flashlight – was recorded on video by a bystander and broadcast Wednesday night on KCRA. The video also shows the deputy forcing Reyes’ head to the ground with his foot while Reyes lay in the middle of a Carmichael street.

Reyes, 51, was cited at the jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and probation violation charges and released, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The department said that at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, the deputy spotted Reyes near Fair Oaks Boulevard and Landis Avenue in Carmichael. The deputy knew Reyes, who is on probation. The department said there have been 16 calls for service since May involving Reyes, including calls of a suspicious person, “mental person” and a disturbance at a business.

The deputy went to speak with Reyes during what is called a probation stop, which also allows deputies to search him.

The deputy, who was initially alone, tried to handcuff Reyes as a safety precaution, the department said. The deputy’s prior contacts with Reyes had resulted in “sporadic behavior” by the man, according to the Sheriff’s Department

Reyes resisted the deputy’s attempt, Bowman said. The deputy used pepper spray on Reyes, but could not bring him under control. The deputy then used his Taser, but Reyes ripped the device’s prongs from his body. The deputy then tried another shot of pepper spray.

The deputy and Reyes fell to the ground. At that point, Reyes refused orders to stop resisting and roll over with his hands behind his back, Bowman said in an email.

The deputy hit Reyes with a flashlight on the lower and middle parts of his body in an attempt to control his hands. He was eventually handcuffed and taken to a hospital where he received treatment due to the use of the Taser and for a face cut.

The deputy’s name was not released while an investigation is conducted by the department’s Professional Standards Division.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.