A San Diego police sergeant is coming under fire after grabbing a woman whose home was on fire by the hair, in an apparent attempt to pull her away from the flames.
The entire event was captured on video by the editor of the Imperial Beach Patch, and begins with footage of the flames, before several men restrain and pull a frantic Torazzi Hayslett back towards an emergency vehicle.
KABC-TV says one of the men was actually her husband, but that when Sgt. Daniel McLaughlin grabs Hayslett’s arm, she appears to slap him in the face.
Seconds later, though the husband appears to have a decent hold of the woman, the officer continues to approach Hayslett, eventually grabbing her by her ponytail and yanking her head towards the ground.
Hayslett, who teaches second grade, says she never tried to go in to the house, but grew upset when the officer grabbed her. A number of witnesses say otherwise, but are shocked by the use of force towards the woman whose house was burning down just yards away.
Police have launched an internal investigation into the matter, and KABC relates that this isn’t the first time McLaughlin has acted questionably. In May of 2011, a civil court apparently ruled that he used unreasonable force against a 74-year-old advocate for the homeless.
Watch CBS’ video of the event: