On the afternoon of April 10, a black-and-white patrol car pulled up along the train tracks by the Allan Company Recycling facility in Santa Ana. According to a source, an officer cleared the area of homeless people around 2 p.m. before parking by a wall. From an elevated vantage point, what happened next with a person described as a Santa Ana policeman was recorded by cell phone camera.
It’s not a police brutality video, but what is shown happening in the patrol car is no less serious.
In the first brief clip, a man seated on the driver’s side lays his left hand down on his lap. No longer obscured from view, his penis is clearly shown at full erection with a hand stroking it. The sex act captured on camera may appear as masturbation at first, but set those “Sergeant Slappy gets baton happy” jokes aside for the moment.
A closer look arises unsettling questions for whoever sat in the patrol car that day. The stroking hand appears more slender and effeminate than the man’s left hand by the driver’s side door. With a pinkie finger out, the stroking hand doesn’t appear to be bent at an angle expected from the seated man’s right arm; instead, it looks more likely to be outstretched from the passenger’s side, suggesting someone else was in the patrol car.
Warning: while the Weekly pixelated the videos, the content remains sexually graphic in nature.
The circumstances around the videos and a description of what they depict was given to Santa Ana PD on Monday when seeking a statement. “Santa Ana Police Department cannot comment on any personnel investigations,” said Corporal Anthony Bertagna, a spokesman for the department. The Corporal didn’t deny the incident involved Santa Ana PD and also made clear that the department would accept the video footage if provided.
Department policy is clear in forbidding officers from “engaging in on-duty sexual activity including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse, excessive displays of public affection or other sexual contact.”
Now with the video public, what it reveals and what happens next is in Santa Ana PD’s hands–so to speak.
Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!