Two LA County sheriff's deputies boarded a Los Angeles city bus on Monday night and told a female passenger to get off the bus. The confrontation ended with a deputy hitting the woman in the face, which was captured on video (below) by another passenger, Jermaine Green.
Green told NBC 4: ""The lady got on the bus with a stroller full of pillows, she was very polite, said hello to everyone and sat down. (The police) said get off the bus. She then started cursing at (the female deputy).
"You could tell she had special needs. After that they grab her, she curses him out, calls him a big shot, next thing you know he gives her a big shot."
"I couldn't believe it. He seen me taping. He looked up at the camera a few times, and he still hit her like that, and I can't believe he didn't try to diffuse the situation at all."
Green, who recently returned home from serving six years in the Army, including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was shocked: "In the Army, they gave us extensive training for rules of engagement. There's proper protocols and steps you take. This lady didn't do anything, she wasn't combative and he actually turned combative on her."
Green also said that the deputies tried to intimidate him when he refused to hand over his cell phone: "He comes to me and says you can be under arrest if you don't give me that video."
Green claimed the deputy then asked if he had any warrants: "I said no, I'm a veteran, I just came back, I have six years, I have no record, and he said 'We'll see about that.'"
"I think they would try to cover it up. I think a lot of things get covered up and people need to come forward if they see something, report it because it can't be fixed unless it's brought to the public's attention."
A sheriff's department spokesman told NBC 4 that the department would not comment on this case and refused to look at the videotape.