A Georgia police officer is under investigation after tasing a Black woman.
The viral video has been viewed over 18 million times on TikTok and shared by local media outlets. The officer argued with a group of women on the porch of a home.
In the video, the officer, asks the woman to turn around and she refuses. He grabs for her and she avoids him, stepping behind another woman at the scene. The officer, then draws his Taser after the woman steps away from him.
"All use of force cases are administratively reviewed through the chain of command. An investigation into this incident is being conducted," Gwinnett County police Cpl. Collin Flynn said in a statement. "The officer has been placed in an administrative role pending the outcome of the internal investigation."
The Gwinnett County Police Department states the officer, identified as Michael Oxford, was responding to a property damage call.
A woman said her neighbors "pulled up in a vehicle in front of her home" and yelled at her before throwing a bottle at her car. Oxford added he was shown security video of the incident, which captured a woman wearing all white "picking up an object off the ground and what looked to be the female shouting and yelling." The person who called police also said one of the people in the car that threw the bottle "threatened to kick her son in the head," The woman told Oxford that the woman wearing all white was "across the street at another house."
Oxford went to the house and found a woman wearing "a white tank top and white pants which matched the description of the female in the security camera video." When Oxford approached the house, multiple people began shouting at him.
The woman in the video, identified as Kyndesia Smith, kept shouting at Oxford, despite his efforts to quiet the group down. Smith resisted Oxford's attempts to handcuff her after she was hit with the Taser and he didn't successfully handcuff her until after another officer arrived. A second video shows Smith repeatedly telling Oxford she can't turn over and telling Oxford not to touch her.
Smith was arrested on a felony obstruction charge and a misdemeanor charge of simple battery against a police officer. She was released on bond.
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