Excessive force?

Cellphone video shows cop holding black woman in the air against patrol car


A cellphone video showing a Washington, D.C., police officer holding a black female up against the side of a cop car with her feet dangling in the air has led the police department to open an investigation amid social media outrage.

The video, which was shot Monday afternoon and posted to Twitter, shows the woman being pressed up against the car for a few seconds and the officer saying “Yes you did. I saw it,” before he puts her down. A second officer comes over and puts her arm on the woman’s shoulder, pressing her back toward the car. The Twitter user who posted the video said the police officer hopped out of his car and lifted her off the ground immediately. The video has been shared more than 3,000 times, and the D.C. police department said it had contacted the commanding officer of the two cops and opened an internal police investigation.

“If they did anything wrong, they will be held accountable,” police spokeswoman Rachel Schaerr said.

In a second video posted by the same Twitter user, the woman was identified as Shadon, age 32, and said she was a schoolteacher who spends her days helping little girls and was stopped by cops who assumed she did something wrong.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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