UPDATE: Police Officer Under Investigation After Violently Assaulting Woman At Pittsburgh Pride
Updated Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. PST
Following Monday's reveal of footage showing the violent assault and arrest of a woman at a Pittsburgh Pride festival by a police officer, Pittsburgh mayor William Peduto has announced that the officer is question is now under investigation.
Moments into the shaky 15-second video clip that was shared widely on social media, Souroth Chatterji, a male police officer, can be seen dragging Ariel Lawther, 19, who attended the march, down by the hair and punching her in her torso.
Lawther was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A criminal complaint said Lawther had been in an altercation with an anti-gay protester, and then began hitting the officer as he tried to break up the fight, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I just want to reassure the people that this is a new day, we won't look the other way when incidents like this happen," Peduto said at a press conference on Monday.
He said that the officer would be on desk duty for 30 days while the incident was investigated by the city's Office of Municipal Investigations.
"And we want to assure everybody, and that includes both the public and the police, that we want fairness," the mayor said.
Towleroad has also provided another unedited video of the assault, which doesn't appear to validate the police officer's use of excessive force:
What's your take, Instincters?
Terrifying video of a police officer assaulting a woman on Saturday at Pittsburgh's LGBT Pride in the Street festival is making its way around the internet.
The video was originally posted on Facebook by Jenna Renee Kenny, who writes:
"EVERYONE WATCH THIS!! This happened right in front of me at pride today. & please share he's a prick & shouldn't get away with it. He was smiling the whole time after he got her in cuffs."
No word yet on what happened to the cop or the victim.