A DeWitt police officer who punched a handcuffed woman has been placed on paid administrative leave as the department investigates the incident, according to department spokesman Lt. Jerry Pace.
DeWitt police body cam footage and a bystander video show officer Rory Spain hit the woman when she tried to bite him as he tried to arrest her.
“Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete,” Pace said.
In an unusual move, DeWitt police created a 15-minute, narrated video of the incident using clips from different officers’ body cameras, store surveillance cameras and a bystander’s phone. The video was posted on the department’s Facebook page.
The incident happened at about 4:55 p.m. July 4 at the East Syracuse Walmart on Basile Row.
Officers were dispatched to the store for a report of fighting among five to six people and had been told “employees were being threatened, struck in the face and that customers had also been pepper sprayed,” Pace said.
Tyreana Edmonds, the woman who was hit, faces several charges stemming from the altercation with other people in the store, police said. She also has been charged with second-degree attempted assault of a police officer for trying to bite Spain, police said.
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SOURCE: Syracuse.com, Chris Libonati