A video showing a woman being arrested after she allegedly ran from a police station in Georgia was described by the woman’s attorney as “terrific” and “horrific.”
According to attorney Jennifer Lauer, the incident occurred in October at a Cobb County Police station when officers approached a woman walking down the street, asking her to put down her backpack and identify herself.
When the woman refused, the officers allegedly kicked her in the face and head, the lawsuit claims.
“I was so upset,” Lauer told The Next Post.
“I couldn’t even tell you the last time I’ve seen a police uniform and I’ve been assaulted and beaten.”
Lauer told the newspaper the video was taken by an unidentified citizen who uploaded it to YouTube.
She claims police were in the process of arresting a woman for running a red light.
“She was standing there with her backpack, she was trying to make a left turn, and a cop pulls up and he looks at her and he asks her if she’s wearing a jacket, and she said yes,” Lauber said.
“He says, ‘You’re not wearing a hat.’
And she just looked at him and he just said, ‘No, no, no,'” Lauer added.
The incident reportedly happened after a woman was allegedly assaulted by a Cobb police officer at the city’s police station.
She was later released without charge.
“It’s a sad day when the police are arresting people who are trying to peacefully peacefully protest in our streets,” Cobb Mayor Tom Clements said in a statement on Tuesday.
“These arrests are just another example of the militarization of our police force.
The City of Cobb is committed to protecting all residents from criminal activity and we will not tolerate the use of force against anyone.”
Cobb Police Chief Mark McDaniel told The Associated Press that officers were called to a parking lot on Oct. 1 after reports of a suspicious person and saw a woman running away.
Officers chased the woman, and her bag was found nearby, McDaniel said.
McDaniel said the woman was not wearing an item that would indicate she was carrying a weapon.
“The suspect ran and was arrested and was taken to the Cobb County Jail,” McDaniel added.
“This case is extremely disturbing,” Laurie Grier, an attorney for the woman in the video, said in an interview with The Next World.
Grier said she filed a police report with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and that the video “shows that this is a case that has been investigated for years and there are no allegations of anything illegal.”
Lauber, the attorney, told The New York Times that the incident is being investigated as a possible assault of an officer.
“The video does not show the woman being attacked, but it does show a police cruiser approaching her and kicking her in her face,” she said.