Officials and authorities gave their response to the controversial video of officers arresting a woman on the street that surfaced last week, Thursday.
In the video, a woman was seen being arrested and taken into a van by men wearing black tactical vests and men in military clothes. The woman, according to a CBS8 report, was later identified as Shayla Piccini, a 20-year-old San Diego State University student.
The officer in the video, later identified as a SWAT officer, was heard saying to Piccini’s companions, “You follow us, you will get shot. You understand me?”. Piccini’s companions on the other hand can be heard saying, “What is happening? Who is this? Who are you? Where are you taking her?” and then a call for help.
The video was posted by Piccini’s cousin in her twitter account and by now has already garnered 1.5 million views online.
San Diego Police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said on Piccini, “the detective felt that she was dangerous because the officer had the potential of being knocked off the motorcycle or crashing it”.
San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez said in her statement,
“I am calling for an immediate and thorough investigation into this incident, and for the officer who threatened to kill unarmed protesters to be placed on leave. It is incredibly disturbing to hear police officers threaten people’s lives.”
San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said that he has already called for an internal investigation on the event. He said in his social media account on Saturday:
“Yesterday, afternoon, I directed the Internal Affairs unit to open an investigation into the arrest at 1400 Park Blvd on the evening of Thursday, June 5th.. The investigation is already underway”.