Though unconscious after her head hit the road, officers still tried to handcuff her.
VIDEO: Fury Over Woman Knocked Cold When Police Body Slammed Her To The Ground
Police have released video of a California officer throwing a woman to the ground and knocking her out in front of her screaming relatives.
The incident took place in Fairfield, California, on Oct. 20, 2020.
The police released the body-cam footage April 26, 2021, after the incident came under scrutiny on social media. The video shows Diana Santos lying unconscious on the ground.
“The video on social media only shows a segment of the situation. The woman who was injured had interfered with the arrest of another party and shoved officers,” police said in a statement.
“She then actively resisted attempts to put her in handcuffs and an officer took her to the ground. In the process, her head hit the pavement, and she lost consciousness.”
“Officers immediately called paramedics to the scene. The woman regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital for treatment and released. No formal external complaint was ever filed with the police department.”
Last October, the Fairfield Police Department said they were called about a family brawl involving a man accused of threatening people with a knife. The man was arrested, but at that point, three women started obstructing the police and one of them was thrown to the ground.
(Edited by Judith Isacoff and Fern Siegel, Visuals edited by Claire Swift and Jorge Diaz)