SAN FRANCISCO - A bit of chaos broke out in San Francisco Wednesday morning as officers were escorting a dignitary through city streets: Police officers were captured on video punching a homeless man who was resisting arrest and someone threw a bottle at a motorcycle officer.
Deana Mitchell, a videographer, captured some of the mayhem about 9:30 a.m. at Turk and Hyde streets.
A motorcade was passing through and officers had cordoned off the streets. Many people were standing on the sidewalk waiting to see who was inside the limousine - the talk was that German President Frank Walter Steinmeir was inside, although police did not confirm that. Rumors seemed to be incorrect that Chancellor Angela Merkel was part of the procession.
Mitchell said that a man who appeared to be homeless was skipping and acting erratically on the side of the street. A police officer yelled at him to stay out of the road - a command that he ignored. He continued skipping right into the street, she said.
Police say officers grabbed the man and dragged him to the right side of the intersection for his safety as the motorcade passed by.
Two officers approached the man; one held him down and the other punched him three or four times. Meanwhile, the man was struggling, raising his arms and kicking his legs. Police said the man grabbed a lanyard one officer was wearing around his neck and began pulling on it and trying to bite the officer.
Finally, the officers were able to turn the man on his stomach and cuff him. Mitchell said the man's face was "bleeding profusely."
Officer Rob Rueca said police took the man to the hospital for an unspecified medical condition.
Rueca said someone in the crowd threw a at least one bottle at officers and a motorcycle officer was taken to the hospital for his injuries and another was treated on scene. Officers are looking for the bottle-thrower.
An officer told Mitchell at the scene that "we're being assaulted."
KTVU's Ellen Ellery contributed to this report.