A Georgia police department is further investigating a now-viral altercation in which a white officer tased a Black woman.
On Tuesday, a Gwinnett County police officer responded to a complaint of property damage. When he arrived on the scene, the woman who had called in the complaint told him that a pair of people had thrown a bottle at her car. She also told the officer one of the people had threatened to assault her and her nine-year-old child, according to a statement about the arrest on the county’s website.
The woman directed the officer to the house where she believed the people who had thrown the bottle were staying.
The officer approached the house and attempted to speak with a woman who was on the porch — identified by police as Kyndesia Smith — but Smith began yelling at him, according to the statement.
He allegedly told Smith that she would be placed under arrest if she didn’t let him do his job.
The statement says that after “several warnings,” the officer informed Smith that she was under arrest. Smith, however, allegedly resisted being put in handcuffs, prompting the officer to warn her that she would be tased if she didn’t cooperate. Smith continued to be uncooperative, the county said, leading the officer to tasing her and placing her in handcuffs.
Gwinnett County officer is under fire after arresting a woman for “TALKING TO LOUD” on her own front porch.pic.twitter.com/Fhg58RUAas
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The Associated Press reported that Smith has been charged with felony obstruction and simple battery against a police officer, though she was released Wednesday after posting bond.
“The police department takes all use of force seriously,” the Gwinnett County Police Department said in a release. “All use of force cases are administratively reviewed through the chain of command. An investigation into this incident is being conducted. The officer has been placed in an administrative role pending the outcome of the internal investigation.”
Use of force by the country’s law enforcement has been under a microscope all summer after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer in May.