A video circulating social media of a woman being arrested in a McDonald’s parking lot has prompted the San Jose Police Department to launch an internal investigation into the officers’ potential use of excessive force and place him on administrative leave.
The minute-long video, which was captured by a bystander Wednesday afternoon, shows an officer kicking a woman before forcing her to the ground and handcuffing her hands behind her back. Once she’s in handcuffs, the officer drags then woman face-first by her arms across the pavement before pulling her up on her feet.
compliant, yet he kicked her while she was on the ground and then continued to punch her and then DRAG HER???? THIS WAS AT MCDONALDS ON SANTA CLARA IN SAN JOSE!!!!! pic.twitter.com/F0kywklXK5
— Diannee 🌻 (@__dianeedun) July 23, 2020
Department spokesperson Sgt. Enrique Garcia told San Jose Inside that, “on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at about 5:45pm, San Jose police officers initiated a vehicle stop on E. Santa Clara St. and N. 27th St. on a vehicle wanted for evading officers on July 18th and earlier on July 22nd.” “Officers used force during the arrest after the suspect failed to comply with their commands,” he added.
The woman has been identified as 39-year-old San Jose resident Guadalupe Esperanza Marin. Garcia said she was booked into Santa Clara County jail for driving on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
Garcia said the department would not be releasing the name of the officer who was placed on administrative leave at this time.
The video, which has been viewed nearly 9,000 times since it was posted to Twitter on Thursday, follows ongoing public backlash against SJPD for alleged officer misconduct during the late May and early June protests in downtown San Jose.
A representative for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association did not respond to a request for comment about the officers’ behavior.