Anthony Sanchez, elected city official, was caught on camera by his neighbor beating his stepson in his yard. The video appears to show Sanchez yelling at a little boy after he could not catch a ball and then beating him with a belt. The neighbor who filmed him, Oscar Lopez, could be heard yelling at Sanchez to stop.
Sanchez, California Imperial Irrigation District Director, was arrested on Friday for suspicion of felony child abuse charges, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. He stepped down from his post on Saturday, after a petition quickly drew in over 1,000 people demanding his resignation.
Is spanking a child considered to be "felony child abuse"? There is a level of hysteria over this case, based on the quick online petition and the rush to demand for Anthony Sanchez's resignation.
Although the video is disturbing, the details of the circumstances are not known fully. It may be wise to put this in the, "reserve judgement" category; However, it is not looking good for the California Democrat, who seems to have some anger management issues.
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