VIDEO: Police officers stop fellow officer punching handcuffed woman during arrest

A use of force investigation is underway after two Westminster police officers stopped a fellow officer who punched a handcuffed woman during a recent arrest.

The incident, which was captured on cell phone video, happened Wednesday around 4:45 p.m. in the 14000 block of Locust Street in Westminster. Officers were dispatched to the area for a call of an assault with battery.

The 911 caller reported that a female Hispanic adult assaulted an Asian woman who had tried to rescue a dog running in the street, according to police.

The woman detailed in the video was identified as Ciomara Garcia, 34, of Westminster. During their investigation, officers learned that Garcia had an outstanding felony bench warrant for vandalism and detained her. Police said that she appeared to be exhibiting signs of being under the influence.


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