[WATCH] Yuba City Police Officer Caught on Camera Punching Man in Face

YUBA CITY – A cell phone recorded part of what happened Monday on Bridge Street in Yuba City after police were called out to respond to some kind of disturbance in front of Taco Bell.

It’s been posted to Snapchat and Facebook, where the comments have been fast and furious — many slamming an officer for what looks like the punching of a man who was calmly submitting to arrest.

Julio Mojica proudly serves his Big Dawg fries and burgers to officers who make big orders every weekend while on shift in town.

When FOX40 showed him the video clip, he had much the same reaction as many have online.

“That’s definitely not a good way to represent your police department and your city,” he said.

The clip circulating on social media doesn’t tell the whole story, according to a woman who says she watched the entire encounter from inside Taco Bell.

She didn’t want to reveal her name or face.

“The guy laid the biggest punch on this poor cop — came out of nowhere and then there was a scuffle. So the cop did what anybody would do,” she said.

“We review all uses of force no matter how minor or serious they are. We take those matters seriously,” said Lt. Jim Runyen with Yuba City Police Department.

Yuba City police aren’t releasing many details about what led up to the punch and resulting arrest of 58-year-old Ronald Ybarra for resisting and a probation violation.

Citing this as a personnel issue, they also won’t provide any history on the officer involved in an incident now under internal investigation aside from saying he’s still on the beat per department policy.

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