The coroner’s preliminary report says that John Torreti Jr. wasn’t killed by traumatic injuries; the woman inside the store, who asked to be identified as “Diseree,” says what she witnessed wasn’t police brutality.
“The male officer, he just like threw him to the ground right away. He just started giving the male officer a hell of a fight. He was mostly trying to hit the officer,” said Diseree.
Diseree feared that if police arrived at the Metro PCS store on Folsom Boulevard a few minutes later, Toretti would have made good on his threats.
“He was saying in appropriate sexual things, and then he wanted to go in the back. He kept wanting me to take him in the back,” said Diseree.
Cops say the surveillance video from the Metro PCS and Diserees eyewitness accounts back up their claims that officers used necessary force.
“That’s when he tried to throw the male officer down on the floor. He started giving them a hell of a fight … The male officer is about five foot and he is like six foot, ” said Diseree.
Police say a female officer on scene first used pepper spray and then her baton to get the suspect under control.
“That the officers arm is being bit and the subject is still resisting. The officer with the baton actually struck the subject in the legs and in the body but not in the head,” said Michelle Gigante with Sacramento Police.
Diseree believes drugs were definitely involved.
“He was trying to bite the female officers shoe. He wouldn’t stop he had to be on drugs,” said Diseree.
This incident is still under investigation, police are waiting for a toxicology report to see if drugs played a role in Torreti’s death.