A police officer was caught on cell phone video on Tuesday slamming a woman to the pavement, knocking her unconscious in front of her 6-year-old daughter in Round Rock, Texas.
The video (below) shows Officer Ben Johnson trying to force Viviana Keith to bend over the hood of his police cruiser during an arrest, however, when she resists, Officer Johnson slams her backwards onto the pavement in a strip mall parking lot.
Keith's small daughter walks into frame and stares down at her mom as Officer Johnson checks Keith's pulse.
The man who recorded the cell phone video wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, but told KVUE:
When I look back at the tape, I can see her head bounce off the concrete because when he threw her down, she wasn't able to brace herself ... She was absolutely unconscious. There were a couple of other gentleman in the store with me and, like, we were saying, "Is she breathing?" Because at first we weren't seeing her stomach rise and fall.
Another witness, Viviana Garcia, said, "The little girl was screaming, 'Mommy, mommy.'"
"We started talking to the little girl and she started telling us what had been going on. That her mom had been intoxicated all day and that she was hungry," Garcia added.
Medical workers from an urgent care in the strip mall rendered aid until an EMS crew made it to the scene.
Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks claimed that his office had gotten phone calls about about a woman at a nail salon being "very combative, very argumentative and also very intoxicated," and more phone calls about an "erratic driver, driving carelessly."
Officer Johnson reportedly found a car matching the description and Keith in the strip mall parking lot.
Chief Banks added:
You always look at those incidents, and they always look very dramatic, and it's unfortunate, the fact that this lady did what appears to hit her head and was knocked unconscious, but I'll tell you, the officer did what he was supposed to do in a situation like that.
While several witnesses told KVUE that Keith was acting strangely and resisting, they also felt the officer used too much force.
Keith was charged with one count of DWI (with a child younger than 15), and one count of interfering with pubic duties, noted the New York Daily News.