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.”