An Arizona cop is under investigation following the release of a video showing the cop dragging an unarmed woman across the pavement and drawing his weapon near the northwest corner of Van Buren and Dysart. The Goodyear cop also punched the woman while dragging her out of her car and pointing the weapon at a second individual.
The Goodyear Police Department (GPD) had no choice but to respond to the damning footage after it went viral on social media Thursday. The video taken from a passing vehicle shows the officer dragging the woman cross the pavement. The cop than pulls out his weapon and points it another individual just barely of screen. According to the GPD, the woman is known by the department with a history of driving with a suspended license. The names of the suspect and the arresting officer were not made public.
The viral video has been seen thousands of times with officials claiming that the clip lacks context. The situation may have appeared worse than it was in reality. Authorities have not indicated if the weapon was lethal or non-lethal.
“The driver who had a suspended driver’s license was notified that she was being placed under arrested; at that time, she began to retreat,” a statement, obtained by Fox10Phoenix, read.
“When a conflict with a suspect occurs during an arrest, this presents a challenging and often dangerous situation for the arresting officer,” the statement continues.
“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. We are working to review body cam footage and conducting interviews to determine exactly what occurred.
“Once our investigation is complete and all the facts are in, we will be better able to provide accurate information as to the details of this arrest. We appreciate your patience as we conduct our thorough investigation.”