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SALINAS — Jose Velasco, whose violent arrest by Salinas police officers on June 5 was recorded on video and has made national headlines, is known to the police department as being affiliated with the Norteño criminal street gang.

Spencer Critchley, public information officer for the city of Salinas, said that Velasco had messages from Norteño gang members posted on his Facebook page, including death threats to police officers. He has a violent criminal past and violating his parole is among the many charges he faces.

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