Family says son with Down syndrome struck, pepper-sprayed by deputy

Posted: December 25th, 2012 by Militant Libertarian

from 10News

mqdefaultVISTA, Calif. – A North County family contacted 10News saying they are outraged after their developmentally disabled son was beaten and pepper sprayed by a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy.

21-year-old Antonio Martinez was walking to his family’s bakery in Vista, just before 8 p.m., when his night took a terrifying turn.

10News was there as the scratches on his face and bruises on his arms were still fresh.  They were the painful reminders of what happened to him Tuesday night in Vista.

“He got pepper-sprayed so he’s covering his eyes the cop kept saying, ‘get on the floor,’” said witness Melissa Mejia. “He was already on the floor.”

Mejia was working in her family’s shop nearby when she heard the commotion.

“He was lying down and the officer had the baton. He kicked him a couple times, like hard,” she added.

Mejia then ran to the bakery and got his older sisters and yelled at the deputy to stop.

“He has Down syndrome. Stop you know, it’s wrong,” she said she yelled. “He wouldn’t stop, he kept going.”

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Comments (1)


  1. Definitely a tragic event and just more atrociousness by the thin-blue-line-GUNvernment-ENFORCERS.

    Not that it is any consolation but thankfully he wasn’t walking a dog because standard operating procedure would be then be execution.

    Execution of the dog first and…while the gun is warm and out anyways…might as well execute the owner.

    Not the first time…won’t be the last.

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