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RIO VISTA, Calif. (KCRA) —
The Rio Vista Police Department released eight body camera videos Tuesday that captured a traffic stop during which a 31-year-old woman was body slammed by an officer.
Police Chief Dan Dailey said Monday an internal investigation is underway to look into if the officer used excessive force.
Collectively, the videos released by the police department contain more than an hour of footage.
The videos were released two days after the traffic stop.
The incident began Sunday evening along Harris Drive. Officers stopped a car for suspended registration, Dailey said. They detained all four people inside the car because officers said they refused to exit the vehicle, preventing the officers from impounding the car. One of the passengers, Tyrone Clayton Jr., called his relatives to come to the scene in order to record the incident on their cellphones for transparency.
Clayton’s stepsister, Cherish Thomas, and his stepmother, Deshaunna Payne, arrived on the scene and started recording the incident on their phones. Cellphone videos of the incident were posted by the family on social media and shared with KCRA 3.
Two of cellphone videos taken by the family:
Dailey said Thomas and Payne obstructed the investigation. Officers said Thomas pushed one of them as Payne tried to hit the other officer. Dailey said that is when the officer tackled Thomas to the ground.
“(The) officer tackled her to the ground in order to gain control of her while his partner stepped in to take Deshaunna Payne into custody,” Dailey said in a news release.
Thomas said she did not push the officer.
“What can I do at this point? He’s a police officer. And I’m (120 pounds),” she said Monday. “So what am I going to do? Fight him? No.”
Payne said Monday she was not being aggressive towards the officers.
“I wasn’t trying to attack them. He slammed my baby,” she said. “I went in mother mode to protect my child.”
Thomas returned home after going to the hospital on Monday. She said the officer slammed her head into the ground. She said she has suffered from headaches, sore legs and arms since the arrest.
“I was scared. I’m not going to lie. Because at the end of the day, that’s a police officer, and they can do what they want to do,” she said.
Dailey said Monday the family’s videos only show a portion of the incident and he plans to release the officers’ body camera videos to “show the totality of this situation.”
See all the videos released by the Rio Vista Police Department in the video player below:
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Rio-Vista-PD-releases-body-cam-videos-of-officer-13828559.php.