Shocking footage shows cop punching unarmed woman in the face before dragging her down the street
The cop hits 38-year-old Renee Armenta to release her grasp on the car door before yanking her across the road
In a shocking video that went viral on social media, an Arizona police officer is seen punching an unarmed woman in the face before dragging her a few feet from her car down the street.
In the footage, the cop hits 38-year-old Renee Armenta to release her grasp on the car door before yanking her across the road. He is then seen pulling a gun at a male passenger who steps out of the vehicle during the scuffle.
The incident which happened during a traffic stop on Thursday just before noon lead to a probe on the officer at the scene by the Goodyear Police Department. The altercation was captured on film by a passerby who later posted the video on Twitter.
According to AZCentral.com, cops are reviewing the body camera footage from the incident and interviewing multiple parties to understand what exactly prompted the aggression on part of the officer.
Police officer in Goodyear, AZ punched a woman in the face with his entire body weight and then dragged her across the street.— Together we rise 🙌🏾 (@Matsamon) September 7, 2018
This is insane. Twitter, do your thing.
Armenta has been booked on charges of driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana. The male passenger, 27-year-old John Charlie Moreno Aguilar, from Phoenix, has also been accused of possession of drug - paraphernalia.
The footage was particularly distressing for Armenta's daughter, who is identified only as Cassandra.
"It was heartbreaking for me to see like, I just couldn't believe it, that's my mom. I didn't know what he was going to do to her, she was scared for her life," she told AZFamily.com. "It was really outrageous; it shouldn't have [gone] that far. It was ridiculous."
The officer confronted Armenta for driving on a revoked driver's license, according to the arrest report. During the stop, authorities say Armenta "became argumentative and refused to comply" when ordered to do so.
The report also states that Armenta "made a sudden movement with her left hand and placed it in the small of her back as she backed away."
The reporting officer gave his version of the story: "I grabbed the defendant's left arm and attempted to control her. I attempted to pull the defendant away from the vehicle to effect her arrest as there was an additional occupant in the front seat I was exposed to. But, she pulled her arm back towards her as she now began putting her right arm behind her back. I could not control the defendant as she resisted arrest. The defendant was struck in the face and taken back away from the vehicle where she was handcuffed."
Authorities found, what appeared to be marijuana along with a meth pipe in the said vehicle, it was later revealed.
Goodyear Police Department said: "The driver who had a suspended driver's license was notified that she was being placed under arrest; at that time she began to retreat. When a conflict with a suspect occurs during an arrest, this presents a challenging and often dangerous situation for the arresting officer. The top priority of the Goodyear Police Department is the safety of the public as well as our officers. When a situation such as this occurs, it can appear frightening to passersby who don't understand the full context of the situation. In the interest of transparency and maintaining the trust of our public, the Goodyear Police Department is currently investigating the specific details of this particular case."