Man beaten by police finds his shop robbed

A man captured on a cell phone video being beaten by police has spoken to officers since his release from jail after authorities declined to file charges against him.

But the conversation wasn’t about the arrest or the video.

Darren Johnson, 43, the owner of a San Bernardino barber shop, found his Sierra Avenue business burglarized and ransacked after his release from custody.

“He doesn’t know who’s responsible for that. And he had to file a report with the same department that brutalized him,” said Carl Edwin Douglas a Beverly Hills-based attorney representing Johnson.

Douglas said Johnson discovered the break-in Oct. 28, several days after he was released from West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Police confirmed the burglary but said no one had been arrested. They were investigating.

“It appears just miscellaneous property was taken,” police Lt. Dan Keil said.

Douglas said he is trying to track down witnesses who saw Johnson’s Oct. 19 arrest at the corner of Highland and Mountain View avenues in a 7-Eleven parking lot. One person filmed Johnson’s arrest using a cell phone. The video shows a San Bernardino officer striking Johnson repeatedly with a baton.

Police have said they pulled over Johnson for various vehicle-code violations and that he became agitated and struck one of the officers while they were talking to him. An officer then began hitting Johnson with a baton while another tried to handcuff him.

Police arrested Johnson on suspicion of possessing and transporting drugs, as well as assault on a peace officer.

Johnson denied ever being in possession of drugs, Douglas said.

“I have no idea where that allegation came from,” he said.

The San Bernardino man spent several days at Loma Linda University Medical Center before he was booked into jail. Since then, he has received regular therapy for his injuries.

“Right now, he is receiving therapy for compound fractures of several bones in his hand. He is seeking therapy for problems with his eyesight and vision. He will be seeking therapy for the horrific bruises to his shoulder, side and leg,” Douglas said. “And he will be receiving therapy for staples on his head from the blows he suffered there.”

The attorney said Johnson plans to file a claim with the department regarding the beating, but he did not specify when.

“We’ll worry about the legal process once we get him healthy,” Douglas said.

Meanwhile, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said there was nothing new regarding the criminal charges against Johnson.

“That is still pending review and further investigation,” said district attorney’s spokeswoman Susan Mickey.

Johnson’s barbershop, called The Shop, has been closed since his Oct. 19 arrest. His injuries have kept him in bed and unable to run his business.

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