Washington, D.C., Police are investigating a viral video that shows an officer using force on a petite, Black female.
A Twitter user that goes by @MacAndCheeks captured video of an officer approaching the unidentified girl near Howard University. Mac claimed there was no interaction between the girl and the officer before he was physical.
The video shows the unnamed officer lifting the girl so that her feet hover above the ground. He then pressed her against the police car while the two engaged in what appears to be an argument.
After he puts her back down on the ground, a short exchange occurs and the officer and his partner drive off. The witness said there was no search or arrest made during the incident. To the witness, the entire situation seemed unwarranted.
When the Twitter video was posted, it instantly went viral, causing the D.C. Police to release a statement.
“We’ve been aware of this video and contacted their commanding officer as we investigate this matter,” the D.C. Police Department posted on Twitter.
The witness filed a formal complaint with the police department and said that she will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.
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