SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — A video circulating online is raising concerns after it shows a San Jose police officer kick and drag a woman several feet outside of a McDonald’s.
The incident occurred Wednesday evening around 5:45 p.m. in a McDonald’s parking lot located on E. Santa Clara Street and N. 27th Street in San Jose.
The woman was seen on her knees outside of her car before an officer appears to kick her, handcuff her and then proceed to drag her towards a police car.
“I couldn’t believe it to be honest,” Josh Gil said. “Especially after what’s happened and all the protests going on like it felt like none of that is making a change because police brutality will always exist.”
Josh Gil started recording the video on his cell phone after he saws officer getting aggressive with the woman. He and his friend Jonathan saw the officer hit the woman in the side, handcuff her face down and then pull her by her wrists — as two children and another woman in the car watched on.
“It was sad to be honest, especially hearing the kids in hysteria in the back.”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called the video “deeply disturbing” and said the officer’s actions were appalling.
“This video is deeply disturbing, & the officer’s conduct appalling. This demands severe consequences,” he wrote on Twitter. “Last month I proposed moving misconduct investigations out of Internal Affairs to the Independent Police Auditor. We must do better—immediately.”
After the video gained a lot of attention on social media, the San Jose Police Department released a statement Friday.
Police say they initiated a vehicle stop on a vehicle wanted for evading officers on July 18 and July 22. They claim the woman failed to comply with their commands.
The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Guadalupe Esperanza Marin of San Jose, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for driving on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave while the department initiates an internal investigation into the incident.
KRON4’s Dan Thorn will provide an updated report at 9 p.m. on KRON4. Check back for updates.
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