Homeless Man Claims Police Gave him Unprovoked Beating

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A homeless man in Manteca says he was severely beaten by police officers last week for seemingly no reason.

Robert Olvera said he was sleeping behind the Showtime Express car wash on East Yosemite Avenue when he was woken up.

“He grabbed my arm and pulled me towards him and hit me in the face. He does it again and again. They have this international symbol for surrendering. I did that and he kept hitting me,” Olvera said.

Olvera said the man, dressed in plain clothes, never identified himself as a police officer.

“When I heard sirens, that’s when they stopped, took the handcuffs off and said, ‘He ain’t getting up now,'” Olvera told FOX40.

Manteca Police have a different version. Officials say Olvera didn’t comply with officers’ orders and force had to be used. Police say Olvera even attacked an officer, sending him to the hospital with injuries to his hands and groin.

A police report shows that a woman called police to report suspicious activity near the car wash. By the end of it, 10 officers responded and two ambulances were called out – one for Olvera and one for Officer Ben Cromwell.

Olvera told FOX40 he never touched Cromwell.

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