The city of Jasper, Texas, on Monday fired two police officers who were recently caught on camera slamming a woman’s head into a countertop and tackling her to the ground over what appeared to be a verbal argument.
The woman in the video, identified as Keyarika “Shea” Diggles, 25, was reportedly arrested on May 5 for an unpaid fine.
“The amount of force used was abominable,” Diggles’s attorney, Cade Bernsen, told Yahoo News.
The attorney said her client was on the phone with her mother trying to get money for the $100 fine she owed when officer Ricky Grisson cut off the call.
Yahoo! News explains what happened next:
There’s no audio on the video, but Diggles and Grissom were apparently arguing when Officer Ryan Cunningham comes in behind Diggles and attempts to handcuff her. When she appears to raise her hand, Cunningham grabs Diggles by the hair and slams her head into a countertop. The officers wrestle Diggles to the ground before dragging her by her ankles into a jail cell.
“She got her hair pulled out, broke a tooth, braces got knocked off … it was brutal,” Bernsen said.
Diggles was charged with resisting arrest for arguing with the officers, a charge dropped on Monday, according to Bernsen.
Watch the disturbing footage below:
The incident has sparked accusations of racial discrimination as the town has reportedly been dealing with racial unrest for some time.
Jasper City Council member Alton Scott said “there’s nothing she said that could have justified” what the officers did. “They are supposed to be trained professionals. They are supposed to be above that. It was inexcusable,” he added.
City Council also suggested that the two officers involved be investigated for possible criminal charges. Bernson said he hopes the investigation is conducted by an outside entity, such as the FBI or state police.
“I don’t trust the Police Department as far as you can throw them,” he said.