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SLOPD releases video showing officers in struggle with suspect

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 18:33:11-04

The San Luis Obispo Police Department has released video of an arrest that resulted in a suspect suffering a broken arm.

The incident reportedly happened on May 29, 2019. (Warning: The below video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers.)

According to police, two officers were dispatched to a 911 call at the Chevron gas station located at the corner of Higuera and Marsh streets for a report of a man who had stolen some signs. The caller said the same man had also stolen property in days prior.

In the video, officers make contact with the suspect, identified as Gregory Bratt, 28, who denies taking any property.

Police say officers then determined Bratt had a warrant out for his arrest, so they start to take him into custody.

Bratt then begins struggling with the officers and one of his arms is broken.

Paramedics responded and Bratt was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say they found 1.2 grams of methamphetamine in his personal property.

He was arrested for an outstanding warrant and charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and grand theft.

SLOPD Chief Deanna Cantrell says a department investigation determined that the use of force was justified in this case.

One of the officers involved also reportedly suffered an injured knee.

Chief Cantrell says the video is being released as part of new laws pertaining to police records and incidents involving officers that result in great bodily injury.

"When we do have a critical incident that's related to the new disclosure of records, we want to share as much information with you as possible," she says in the video.

Bratt is currently in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $70,000.