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New Year's Eve Arrest

Some witnesses are speaking out after cell phone video posted online which shows Rocklin police officers using force during an arrest at a New Year's Eve party.

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, Rocklin police said they witnessed 41-year-old John Banks pushing his girlfriend during an event inside Rocklin's Mercedes-Benz dealership.

Police said an officer tried to stop the man, but he resisted, forcing them to use a Taser gun and to repeatedly hit him with a baton.

"The whole time this occurred, he was resisting," Lt. Lon Milka said. "He was resisting the officer's commands to put his arms behind his back."

However, Banks denied the police department's version of events.

He said he was drinking and got into an argument with his girlfriend but that he never pushed her and that he never fought back against police.

"They beat the mess out of me for no reason when they could have just walked me out," Banks said.

On the video, a party attendee is seen attempting to step in between police and Banks trying to stop the use of force.

Witnesses claimed police pushed Banks' head underwater in a fountain.

"He was face-down, unconscious in the fountain and they were still using force on him," witness Amber Harlan said.

Two witnesses who said they did not see Banks resisting arrest.

As of now, Rocklin police are not investigating their officers' actions further because they said nobody has filed a formal complaint.

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  • "..which shows Rocklin police officers using force during an arrest.."

    haha.. yea, maybe cops should start using butterfingers and gummy bears to persuade the bad guys to surrender.

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  • It's not a party til the Police show up!

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  • resist arrest? get ass beat? NOT F*CKIN ROCKET SCIENCE!

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    • 3 against 1. still beat his ass and you find that fair?
      there's a reason cops work you with their knees on your back and legs ...go figure.

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    • I really would love to see you try and put handcuffs on someone that is actively resisting your efforts to put his hands behind his back. Its actually alot harder then people think.
      Basically fight in court. Cause if you fight in public your gonna lose and still go to jail but with more charges. So there is no reason to resist arrest. Thats why we have a ton of lawyers for in this country.

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  • Probably deserved it. Im sure the cops didnt crash a New Years Eve party just to beat up an innocent person.

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    • You never know, the donut shop might have been closed on New Years Eve and they needed to take their aggression out on somebody....

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    • so cops get to decide who is guilty? i guess that covers the speedy part of fair and speedy trial.

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    • Yes. The guy was guilty of resisting arrest. Just let the cops put the cuffs on. Thats all. Dont start fighting the cops. The guy more than likely deserved the attention the police were giving him and the guy was being an ass not allowing the cops to just simply put the cuffs on.
      Are you that ignorant to believe that in a crowd of over 100 people, all equipt with video phones, that the cops would commit an act of police brutality.
      Grow up and understand that if someone is told that they are u More..

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    • that's an awful lot of assumptions for a three minute video that only partialy shows the last piece of a police interactin with a citizen. but hey, whatever tickles your pickle.

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    • So please enlighten me on why you said cops get to decide who is guilty?
      If its only 3 minutes of video that shows the last piece of a police interaction like you said, how could you come to such an assumption ??
      Do you truly believe the cops decided to beat up an innocent man in front of a hundred people for no reason whatsoever ??
      Please tell me your just kidding with me because I find it hard to believe that anybody could be that stupid. ARE YOU THAT STUPID ???

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  • If you're under arrest, you're under arrest. You're not going to win by struggling. What, you think if you fight back, the cop is just going to say "oh, he's fighting back, he must be innocent, we might as well let him go"

    Secondly, if you see cops arresting someone, stay the fuck out of it. You're not going to convince a cop not to arrest someone, and he deosn't need some drunk douchebag's advice on how to subdue a combative subject.

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  • every time I see an American manifesting any sort of freedom... I see some fat a cop with the same exact position above him, and they call us Nazi's!

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    • We got fat cops, You got Nazis. Same thing

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    • Its OK dude, plenty of good people here just like there. We just see all the asssholes on here. Peace!!!! And yes, we do have a lot of fat cops. Not all of them though.

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    • Nazi's irradicated millions of people on a basis of race and status. They essentially attempted to selective breed their people by killing non-germans and handicapped, and steralized those with non-desirable genetic predispositions, all because some asshole (Hitler) was a "powerfull speaker." So yes, nazi's, I saw none in this video.

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  • He didn't look cooperative to me.

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  • Yay!!! clap clap clap clap clap

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  • Im sure he deserved it! They dont just beat you for the fun of it...or do they?

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    • the impression i get is a lot of them pretty much do. Any party where there are cops is no party at all. It's worse then partying with your dad. I used to go to nightclubs with my ex girlfriend but when you come out there are like literally 6 cop cars outside looking for drunks.

      In the USA, they encourage you to drink, and they can drive you to drink. And then they punish you for drinking.

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    • I know all about it ...I have a DUI! At least they didnt kick my ass though!

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    • not for the fun of it, because they are humans like all of us and they have a temper. btw do you know that a policeofficer´s and a criminal´s phsycological profile is very similar?

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  • The fountain has a rock bed and the water level was never above it. There's no way his head could have been underwater.

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  • I love all the sheep on here who side with the cops. Ha! It's just a matter of time til you hear, "Stop resisting!" as the taser's being fired and the baton's a clubbin'. Hahahaha!!! You're next, dipsh*t!

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  • Try not to resist being drowned. Go ahead.

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  • Don't resist.

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  • haha, and of course what kind of "people" are starting sh*t........nahhh i dont even have to say it lol

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  • 1. Black people shouldn't be in Rocklin, unless they live there.

    2. Black people should be pushing white people in Rocklin.

    3. Black people shouldn't be resisting arrest in Rocklin.

    Rocklin is one of the most conservative towns in CA. If you are black you better make sure that you do not commit a crime there because they will find you, and when they do they will mess your day up, too get the message clear that they don't want you there.

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  • Also, I am quite sure that assshole was fighting back. Hopefully he got his coock-meat sandwich in jail later.

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  • Uploader stole my video from YouTube. I was the one who filmed it and uploaded it.

    Here is the original:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPwo6rSZsus&hd=1

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  • Uploader is a clown. Stole my video and uploaded it here. Lame.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT4WwsGBUbY&hd=1

    ^^Original and available in 720p

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  • Perfect song the DJ should have played when they were leaving, Offspring - Wolla Wolla

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  • This is why I stay home New Years Eve.

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  • don't tell cops how to do their work... sue them later ^^

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  • I didn't see enough to make an informed decision on this one. But I am wondering what the police were doing at a private party to begin with.

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    • Either they were working an extra job after being hired to do security by management, which knows the kind of trouble you have at parties.

      Or, one of the partygoers called the police.

      Either way, somebody had the police come there, otherwise they would no more have been there than they would in your living room.

      It was probably the same asshole whose complaining now.

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  • how many lumps on his head...2011?

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