Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:12 pm | Updated: 2:23 pm, Tue Sep 10, 2013.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL/Tallahassee Democrat) – A new video is surfacing and it has Tallahassee city leaders looking into whether police officers went too far during an arrest of a woman accused of drunk driving.
Our media partners at the Tallahassee Democrat obtained dash cam video from the early morning of August 10. That’s when Christina West was arrested on a charge of DUI and several counts of battery on law-enforcement officers. She’s accused of driving her car off the road and into a home in Killearn.
In the video it shows 44-year-old West, who is 5 foot 6 and 130 pounds, being slammed into the police car and then the pavement. She can be heard screaming in pain as she is being restrained.
VIDEO (Courtesy of our media partners, Tallahassee Democrat)
In a photo taken after her arrest, obtained by Tallahassee Democrat, West can be seen bloody and bruised.
It’s that photo and the video of her arrest that has at least one city commissioner, Scott Maddox, demanding answers.
“The video was taken from the police car and shows the road side sobriety test as well as the arrest of the subject,” Maddox wrote in an email obtained by the Democrat to City Manager Anita Favors Thompson and City Attorney Lew Shelley. “it also shows DISTURBING use of force against a completely non aggressive arrestee. It is my belief that the city of Tallahassee will soon face a liability lawsuit based on the content of the video.”
The Tallahassee Democrat reports Maddox says he was contacted by State Attorney Willie Meggs about the video.
“I am extremely upset,” Meggs told the Tallahassee Democrat. “it is very disturbing. This is a very disturbing situation to me, and I’m dealing with it.”
While WTXL is awaiting a response from city leaders and Tallahassee Police Department, our media partners at the Tallahassee Democrat report that city leaders, including police chief Dennis Jones, has reviewed the video and an internal investigation is on going.