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Group rallies in Santa Maria for investigation into police video

Posted at 8:07 PM, Oct 25, 2019

The non-profit organization CAUSE held a rally Friday for a transparent investigation into an arrest made by Santa Maria Police.

The Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy is asking for transparency from the police department about the video that sparked debate online.

According to Santa Maria Police, the man was pulled over Sunday evening for suspicion of driving under the influence.

The actions that followed were caught on video and sparked controversy.

CAUSE is now asking city leaders for an independent investigation, as well as more training and police body cameras for the Santa Maria Police Department.

"For us it's about prioritizing the things that are gonna make not only the community but also the officers safer," said CAUSE member Abraham Melendrez, "so again we are seeing a lot of these things work well in other departments and we want it to be brought here, which could hopefully prevent these things from happening in the future."

The Santa Maria Police Department says they were aware of the rally. They say the video is still being reviewed as every use of force is reviewed "critically".