A California police officer was restrained by two of his colleagues who shouted ‘No, stop!’ after he punched a handcuffed woman while arresting her.
The Westminster Police officer has been placed on administrative leave while an internal affairs investigation takes place, TMZ reports. He has not been identified.
Cellphone footage shows the officer and another cop forcibly take the handcuffed woman down before he starts punching her in the head. A third officer immediately scolds the officer as his peers push him away from the woman.
Bystanders can be heard exclaiming in disbelief as the chaotic scene as one officer tells the cop ‘stop’ as the other shouts ‘oh no.’
She can be heard cursing at the man for punching her in the head.
The WPD Internal Affairs Division is also in talks with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether criminal charges will be warranted for the officer’s use of force.
Police were called to the home after getting calls that a female adult suspect was assaulting another woman who was trying to rescue a dog running in the street.
Authorities said that they believed the suspect exhibited signs of being under the influence and became combative with officers while they waited for paramedics,
A WPD Officer ‘used force and struck [the woman] two times in the face with his first. Two WPD Officers immediately intervened and deescalated the situation,’ according to a statement about the incident obtained by TMZ.
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital but was later booked into the Orange County jail.
The shocking scene comes just a day after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the May 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as his three colleagues – J Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao – stood and watched.
All four were fired, with Keung, Lane, and Thao all facing trial for aiding and abetting murder. They deny the allegations.