Cop Probed for Punching Woman in Face
(PHILADELPHIA) -- A Philadelphia cop under investigation for punching a woman in the face has been taken off the streets and restricted to administrative duties during the investigation, police said.
A video posted on YouTube shows the unidentified cop punching a woman in the face and knocking her to the ground before she is led off bloodied and handcuffed.
It was decided Monday that the officer would be placed on "restricted status," meaning that he is relegated to "administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation," according to Lt. Ray Evers.
The video was taken at Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade, an event that Lt. Ray Evers said, "usually goes off without a hitch."
"We were made aware of the video very, very early this morning. Internal Affairs opened up an investigation in reference to the incident and the actions of that officer," Evers told ABC News. "The incident is being fully investigated."
The video shows a crowd of blue-shirted police officers standing in the middle of a street, around a car. Someone on the left appears to throw something resembling silly string or a liquid on the cops. An officer in a white shirt rushes out of the crowd and goes after a woman with long, dark hair and a black T-shirt.
Her back is to the camera so it is unclear if she was saying anything to him. The officer appears to punch her in the face and then hit her in the back of the head. She falls to the ground where two officers apprehend her and lead her off. As she passes the camera, blood can be seen streaming down her face.
"The video speaks for itself," Evers said. "There were people in the crowd throwing items at the officer, water and other things."
The woman was taken into custody on a disorderly conduct charge and was later released. Evers said he believed she had a cut lip, but was not seriously injured.
Police are not releasing the name of the officer or of the woman.
In regards to whether the officer has faced any disciplinary action, Evers said, "The duty status of the officer has not been determined as of yet."
Evers said the decision is expected to be made sometime Monday and he predicted it would be, "either full duty or administrative capacity."
The YouTube video, titled "Philadelphia Police Brutality" was posted on Sept. 30 and already has over 1,000 comments.
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