From the Los Angeles Times:
Charles “Sid” Heal, retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander
Heal, who has testified in dozens of force trials, said that when the man “fell off the horse and lay flat, he is done …. I think I am pretty conservative, given I have been in so many situations that have been misread, but I cannot see any explanation for their conduct here.”
As to the tactics, he said, the deputies exhibit almost none.
“It was like a feeding frenzy. It was like blood in the water with sharks,” Heal said. “The only thing is they thought they could get away with it.”
Adrenaline could be an explanation for the first unnecessary blows, he said.
“But it went on way too long and involved deputies who weren’t there in the initial stage; they took what we call cheap shots,” he said. “They thought they could get away with it.”
Heal said cameras capture everything today, and these deputies seemed to have forgotten that.
Public outrage over the video is shared by other law enforcement officers who believe such actions smear the badge, he said.
“Everybody I know is outraged,” he said. “This sets law enforcement back 20 years. All the things we have been saying basically get thrown out the window.”