Wyomissing police fired back Wednesday against allegations of police brutality at the Berkshire Mall.
"That is not police brutality. That is us treating this guy extremely gently," said Chief Jeff Biehl, Wyomissing Police Dept.
Cell phone video captured by a 69 News viewer shows the suspect, Jenssy Santana, wrestling with several police officers and mall security guards around 9 p.m. Saturday.
Halfway through the eight-minute cell-phone video, you can see an officer kick Santana in the stomach.
"I was attacked and that's it," Santana said. "I was attacked. It was not, 'You're being held,' or 'Jenssy, you did something bad. Come with me.' None of that. I was attacked," Santana said.
Police reviewed the video and fired back.
"We cannot afford to lose that wrestling contest and have this guy grab for an officer's gun and put other people at peril in the mall," Biehl said. "It is up to us take him into custody, and that is what we did, and we did it as gently as possible. I saw nothing wrong with that video."
Biehl also said the kick to the stomach that an officer gave Santana was justified.
"That kick did nothing to him, and if you see anything in that video, you see officers backing off of that guy, constantly, and letting him continue the battle," Biehl said. "If anything, those officers used the least amount of force and danced with this guy for eight minutes."
Police said they were called to the mall to investigate a theft that allegedly involved Santana's girlfriend and sister before this fight broke out.
Santana explained that a conversation with police escalated after he said an officer was being rough with his girlfriend, who recently had surgery.
69 News asked Santana why he simply didn't just follow police instructions and clarify any misunderstandings at the police station.
"I told the officer nicely, 'Hey officer, please don't put your hands on the lady like that. That's my lady. You don't touch a woman like that,' and then from there his eyes opened up. Not a word was said to me and he started reaching to grab me and try to detain me," Santana said.
Santana is currently facing aggravated assault and resisting arrest charges. He said he is looking for an attorney to take his case.
Meanwhile, police stress they were within policy limits and stand by the actions taken by their officers.