A California police sergeant faces an internal investigation after sharing video of himself twirling two batons like nunchucks to the strains of the Mortal Kombat soundtrack.
The San Jose Police Department's Internal Affairs is probing Sgt Eddie Chan to determine if he violated any rules while making the video.
In the recording, which has been circulating among San Jose cops, Chan, dressed in his sergeant's uniform, is seen using a pair of police batons like nunchucks.
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Sgt Eddie Chan, with the San Jose Police Department, is being investigated by the agency's Internal Affairs office over this baton video
Nunchucks is a traditional weapon from the Okinawa region of Japan consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope.
Standing in the middle of an empty parking lot after dark, Chan energetically swings and whips around the batons, imitating martial arts moves.
NBC Bay Area, which broke the story, reported that the batons seen in Chan's video were not issued by the San Jose police.
The video is set to thudding techno music from the popular 90s video game and Mortal Kombat, which has also been turned into a movie series.
The latest installment in the R-rated martial arts franchise is scheduled to be released in theaters on Friday.
'I think the video was irresponsible, certainly in today's climate,' said Rob Millard, a retired San Jose police lieutenant who used to supervise Chan.
Millard, who also taught defensive tactics to police officers, said the moves seen in Chan's video were never part of his curriculum, 'not even as fun warmup stuff.'
Some officers, speaking to the station on condition of anonymity, expressed concern that the baton video sends the wrong message both to rookie cops who are under Chan's supervision, and also to the public.
The video is set to music from Mortal Kombat and shows Chan in full uniform using a pair of police batons as nunchucks
Chan did not share the video on social media, but it has been circulating among fellow police officers in San Jose
Chan's former supervisor slammed the martial arts-inspired video of the cop swinging the batons as 'irresponsible'
'That's nothing we need to see from police,' said Rev. Jethro Moore, of the NAACP San Jose chapter.
DailyMail.com on Tuesday reached out to the police department, seeking information on Sgt Chan's background, but a spokesperson declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
The incident comes at a time when the nation is having a moment of reckoning over police brutality following a series of high-profile cases involving use of lethal force by officers, including the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and, more recently, Daunte Wright.
Floyd's killer, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, this afternoon was convicted of the black security guard's murder.