Sacramento Man Speaks Out After ‘Use of Force’ Arrest

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SACRAMENTO -- Take a look.

There will be sharp disagreement about the meaning of the video attached to this story.
But there's no disagreement about what started it -- an unlicensed dog.

"I wanted to become a cop one day, and this is what happened. I'm scared," said Tristan Alexander.

Tristan Alexander is a 22-year-old from Orangevale with a job and no arrest record.

At least he was, until Monday.

He's now spent two days in jail, charged with a felony -- resisting officers.

"Alexander became verbally argumentative with them and started to posture. He was asked to leave numerous times," said Sgt. Tony Turnbull with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Take another look at the video. You can see one of the arresting deputies is limping after he gets off the ground. The Sheriff's Department says the deputy suffered a major injury, likely a broken ankle, in the scuffle.

It's a scuffle, and an injury, Tristan Alexander says the deputy created himself.

"He tried to do some sort of stunt, to pull me down, but in the process of trying to do that he pulled all three of us - me on top of him and the other officer on top of me. I was in the middle," Alexander said.

That's how the mother of his newborn son describes it as well.

"I was just scared they were going to shoot him," said Mariah Canales.

You can see and hear Canales in the cell phone video. She says Tristan didn't do anything to provoke the arrest.

Did he refuse to leave when told to do so by officers?

"No, sir," he said. "They did not once tell me to leave the property."

But he did say he locked-up his body and pushed back when the deputies were arresting him.

"Once they started to apprehend me and put me in cuffs, yes sir. Because I was in distress. I did not know what was going on," Alexander said.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says Alexander is accountable for what happened.

"But are the officers accountable for not figuring out a way to divert the escalation?" we asked.

"Are they accountable? I think they were trying to avert the escalation," said Sgt. Turnbull.

Turnbull said Sacramento County Sheriff Deputies are aware that someone may be video taping any arrest they make, and police may be criticized anytime they forcefully detain a young black man. But he says that doesn't change, in any way, the decisions they make on the job or the decisions they made during this arrest.