Vista man with Downs syndrome beaten by police

Antonio Martinez, 21, was walking to his family's Vista bakery Dec. 18 when he was approached by Deputy Jeffrey Guy. The deputy, who was responding to a call of a domestic violence, saw Martinez and ordered him to stop. When Martinez didn't respond or follow commands, the deputy tried to detain him and used pepper spray. Guy also struck him several times with a baton to get him to comply. Sheriff's s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell called the incident "a mistake" and said Vista sheriff's Capt. Joe Rodi visited the family and apologized. The captain also offered the family a turkey, Caldwell said. But Tina Jillings, one of the organizers of Saturday’s protest, said she wants city and law enforcement officials to hold the deputy accountable. "What we're concerned about is that he (the deputy) is not even on'dministrative leave," Jillings said.


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