A police officer in Pensacola, Florida has been fired and charged with battery after video emerged of him slamming a 29-year-old woman into the side her car while responding to a nearby hit and run call, according to reports.
Fox News paraphrases the shocking scene:
In the video, you can see the officer grab the woman’s arm and slam her body into the car. After the video was found, the officer was fired and charged with battery while the woman was charged for leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and for having no proof of insurance.
Watch the clip, via Fox News, below:
“Dude, I’m not fighting you. Why are you hitting me?” Abbi Bonds says in the video.
After handcuffing the woman, Officer Christopher Geraci replies: “There. Maybe now you can understand simple instructions.”
Watch the long version of the police video, with audio, below:
The Pensacola News Journal adds that Geraci, 33, has been with the police department since March 2004 and that Bonds did not file a complaint at the time.
In fact, the altercation was only discovered after a routine review of the video footage recorded by officers' dashboard cameras.
“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Police Chief Chip Simmons said in a news release. “When I saw the video, I was shocked and disappointed. This is not how we train. It was unreasonable force, and it was inconsistent with the level of resistance.”
If convicted, Geraci reportedly faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, and Bonds deferred questions to her attorney.