SAN DIEGO — A video of police officers in plain clothes and military-style uniforms arresting a female protester Thursday — and taking her away in an unmarked van as family members screamed for the officers to identify themselves — has raised concerns.
Video shows the woman forced into a van. One of the officers, dressed in tactical gear and carrying what looks like a rifle, yells at the woman’s companions that if “you follow us, you will get shot, you understand me?”
People can be heard screaming, “What the fuck? This is an unmarked car! Who is this? Who are you?,” video shows.
San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez issued a statement Saturday referencing the video.
“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,” the statement from Gómez read.
San Diego police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi, a spokesman for the department, said Friday that the woman was arrested after undercover officers watched her swing a cardboard sign at a passing motorcycle officer.