Update on cop punches woman allegations: A viral video on YouTube and World Star that allegedly shows a New Jersey cop punching a woman in the face during a fight has sparked cries of police brutality. While the evidence is damaging, a full internal investigation by police in Elizabeth is ongoing.
According to a Mar. 6 report from Huffington Post, internal affairs is investigating a graphic video that shows an unidentified cop punching a woman in her face during a brawl.
Source say an argument took place recently at Envy Night Club in New Jersey and later escalated into a fight. Based on footage in the video, at some point a police officer intervenes and is seen full-on striking a woman in her face.
Apparently, the video was uploaded on social media and video-sharing sites and the public weighed in on the shocking footage.
One reader said: "Cracks me up when people act "shocked" at this kind of police behavior... it happens every day, but most cops are pretty good at avoiding cameras.
Another said: "She's lucky it wasn't Los Angeles Police Dept, "She was reaching for her waist band and I shot her."
While several people sounded off about alleged excessive use of force by police officers, others thought the cop who punched the woman in her face was defending himself.
"She interfered with a police officer during a violent situation. The officer did what he needed to do to preserve his safety and get control of the situation. This is a clear case of some people judging this based on gender. If it had been a male who did this it would not be a story," said one reader in defense of the cop.
Unlike another incident last year when a Philadelphia police officer struck an innocent woman in the face in a case of mistaken identity, some have said this recent incident may be justified.
It will be interesting to learn what the results of the internal investigation turn out to be.
Should the cop who punched the woman in the face be fired or even criminally charged? Or was he justified and had no choice in the matter at the moment?