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Tallahassee, Florida Police Accused of Brutality During DUI Stop (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Tallahassee, Fla. police officers were caught on a dashcam video slamming Christina West onto the hood of a police car and then to the pavement during a DUI arrest.

West suffered a broken cheekbone, a black eye, bloody nose and other injuries during the Aug. 10 arrest (graphic picture below).

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She allegedly crashed her car into a house while driving under the influence, but was not injured prior to the arrest.

The video (below) obtained by Tallahassee.com shows an uninjured West being given a sobriety test, during which she is handcuffed and arrested.

West is placed in a police car, but then taken out of the cruiser to take a breathalyzer test.

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Seconds later, a struggle ensues and West's head appears to be slammed onto the trunk hood of the police car by a police officer.

"Don't f***ing touch me," one police officer shouts at West, who then appears to be pushed face first onto the pavement by the police officers.

"I think you broke my right cheek," she cries.

An officer responds: "You're fine."

"I'm not fine, you a------. I'm not fine. I'm not fine. I'm not fine. That was unnecessary and you know it," yells West.

Police Officer Chris Ormerod wrote in his police report that West was "placed on the ground," which clearly contradicts the video.

In response to the video footage, Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs told Tallahassee.com: "I am extremely upset. This is a very disturbing situation to me, and I’m dealing with it."

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox believes the city is now going to face a "substantial" lawsuit because of the force used by police officers.

"I was shocked to see this. I can say I intend to pursue just compensation for Ms. West. And I can say I intend to do it relentlessly. I intend to make the police department pay for this. This is wrong. And they need to pay for it," said West's attorney Fred Conrad.

Source: Tallahassee.com