Video Captures Sheriff's Deputy Punching Out Woman Who Called Him a 'Big Shot'
A video captures a sheriff's deputy punching out a woman on a bus in Bellflower who called him a "big shot."
Sheriff's deputies told NBC Los Angeles that they were responding to a report that the woman had almost attacked an elderly passenger on a bus. The video shows the woman yelling at deputies, but she doesn't seem to be violent. One of the deputies punches her in the face, causing her to topple over.
The man who took the video Jermaine Green was shocked by the deputy's response to the woman: "I couldn't believe it. He seen me taping. He looked up at the camera a few times, and he still hit her like that, and I can't believe he didn't try to diffuse the situation at all."
Green said the deputy later threatened to arrest him if he didn't turn over his cell phone, but Green refused. Now the video is drawing a lot of attention and forcing the sheriff's department to open an investigation into whether the deputies' use of force in this case was appropriate, according to the LA Weekly.
Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that this woman, whose name has not been released, is homeless and had previous convictions for assaulting a police officer. She was not arrested after this video, but she was put on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, according to NBC.
Green's fiance Violet Roberts said the deputies looked like they had gone through this before and were tired of trying: "It was like they were tired of dealing with her so they didn't try to talk to her or anything."
The sheriff's department will be reviewing the cell phone tape, 9-1-1 call and Metro camera footage (that has not been released publicly) to figure out what happened and whether the deputy's use of force was appropriate. Other passengers told NBC that before the cell phone camera began rolling, the woman had shoved the deputies. Whitmore told the Weekly that his department wasn't ruling out looking into the report that a deputy tried to snatch a civilian's camera: "Everything is going to be looked at."