A young woman was tackled to the ground by a Phoenix Police officer during a minor traffic stop in Arizona, The Guardian reports.
Mariah Valenzuela, 23, was pulled over one night in January for a minor traffic violation. Bodycam footage released shows that the officer involved, Michael McGillis, would not tell the unarmed woman why he stopped her, and that seconds after she said she didn’t have ID on her, he tackled and slammed her on to the ground, injuring her head, face, hands and legs.
Police footage also documents another officer instructing the policemen on the scene to “cover your ass” in the paperwork.
Following the incident, Valenzuela was taken to jail, accused of resisting arrest and “creating a substantial risk of physical injury” to an officer. She was also cited for DUI even though her blood alcohol content was well below the legal limit.