A Philadelphia police officer is at the center of an investigation after a video showed her pushing a teenage girl to the ground Monday.
The video, posted on social media, shows an officer taking a swing at a girl while she tries to break up a brawl between two clashing families, reports NBC Philadelphia.
Officers came to the scene after receiving reports of two families brawling in West Philadelphia. Police tried to break the fight up, the video reveals.
The video also shows a confrontation between a female officer and a teen girl. According to the video, the officer pulls the girl away from the crowd and proceeds to yell in her face. The camera then turns away from the officer and the girl, only to return to focus on the officer throwing the girl to the ground and straddle her. The officer starts punching the girl repeatedly.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke out about the video. He maintained that what the video doesn’t show is the teenage girl hitting the officer so hard in the face that her glasses came off.
Ross said that while in custody, the girl confessed to hitting the officer.
“I’m not trying to justify anything. I’m just merely saying that police work sometimes isn’t as pretty as people want it to be,” Ross told Fox 29. “And in this case, rarely do you get incidents where the police officer and the person taken into custody tell an identical story but in this case they did.”
The department stated it’s aware of the situation and that the Internal Affairs Division is investigating the situation.
Takeema Bundy, a friend of the girl, blamed the police officer for the situation.
“I just feel like she didn’t deserve it. She lost her mom. She don’t got nobody and I feel she was there for me and look where she’s at,” Bundy said, crying.
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