Video: Officer Punches Woman After Being Attacked
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
April 28, 2011
The Atlanta Police Department has launched an internal investigation after a shocking video surfaced showing a cop slugging a woman in the face during a late-night scuffle at an IHOP.
In the video, reportedly shot at 4 a.m. on Sunday at one of the pancake chain’s restaurants in the Buckhead neighborhood, two cops confront a young woman in a booth.
As one of the officers tries to yank the woman out of her seat, a girlfriend grabs the officer’s shoulder, prompting him to swat her away with a smack to the face.
The woman then flies into a rage, swinging wildly at the officer’s head. The officer ducks and then counters with a hard right cross to the woman’s jaw.
Amazingly, the petite brunette says on her feet, and the two officers wrestle her to the ground, before cuffing her and hauling her away in front of dozens of stunned diners.
Roberte Caban, who said she was the woman cops were trying to drag out of the booth, told Atlanta’s WSBTV television that she and her girlfriends were having coffee when an officer told them to keep it down.
“I felt so bad for her,” Caban said. “It was very obvious that the first officer had contained her. We knew Cynthia didn’t do anything. We didn’t know who he was, he didn’t say who he was.”
Caban said she was also arrested and that she and her friend spent more than a day in jail.
The woman took a swing at the cop after he smacked her during a confrontation with the friend. (YouTube)
Cops said they were investigating the incident.
“The matter has been referred to our Office of Professional Standards to determine whether department policies and procedures were followed. Further comment at this time would not be appropriate,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement.