Internet video may be a cop’s worse nightmare. Today the Chronicle reported that an internal investigation is underway in response to a video posted on YouTube video that shows a cop forcing a handcuffed woman’s face into the pavement.
The video has since been removed by the user but is still available thanks to a self proclaimed insurgent who really wants it to go viral.
Apparently, the officers stopped the woman because she fit the description of a suspect in a nearby assault they were responding to. Police claim that she was drunk and pushing a baby in a stroller. Not wanting to leave the baby, the woman resisted arrested. After the officer knocked her unconscious, an ambulance was called. At some point, the suspect reportedly bit a paramedic.
The six-year veteran Taraval Station officer had to surrendered his badge on Monday and will not be allowed to work in the field pending the outcome of the probe. According to SF Weekly, the SFPD knew of the incident already. “A report was made regarding the incident, so we were very well aware of it,” says the spokesman.
Do you think the cop used excessive force? Watch the video (warning: profanity, so put those headphones on) and see for yourself.