San Diego Police Investigating Arrest Caught On Video
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Credit: Milan Kovacevic
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into the arrest of a woman after a protest march downtown Thursday night. The arrest was captured on video that was posted on Twitter.
The video shows the woman being arrested by several men wearing tactical gear marked "POLICE." The men did not identify themselves, but SDPD has confirmed they were plainclothes detectives.
The officers did not answer questions from other protesters watching the arrest. At 23 seconds into the video, one officer tells them, “If you follow us, you will get shot. Do you understand me?”
In a written statement Saturday, San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez called for that officer to be put on leave. "It is incredibly disturbing to hear police officers threaten people’s lives," she said.
SDPD said its officers are trained to announce the possible use of force. Police said the woman was arrested after swinging a cardboard sign at a passing motorcycle officer. Neither the woman nor the officers involved have been identified, and SDPD said Saturday that none of the officers have been put on leave, but have been reassigned to other duties.
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