Did ex-CHP officer use excessive force in this Merced County arrest?

This aerial footage by CHP shows the April 28, 2018, arrest of Agustin Garcia after a hit-and-run crash on Pacheco Pass. One of the arresting parties, ex-CHP Officer Angel Casas, was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge of battery by unnecessary force.
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This aerial footage by CHP shows the April 28, 2018, arrest of Agustin Garcia after a hit-and-run crash on Pacheco Pass. One of the arresting parties, ex-CHP Officer Angel Casas, was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge of battery by unnecessary force.

Vikaas Shanker is a news reporter covering education and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. He also is a data fellow of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. A Chicago area native and University of Kansas graduate, he has been reporting in Merced County since 2016.