Body camera captures controversial arrest


Newly released body camera footage shows a new perspective of the controversial arrest during a traffic stop in Goodyear, Arizona.

 The footage shows the officer asking Renee Armenta to exit her car, telling her she is under arrest. As she steps out, Armenta questions the officer and takes a step back.

 At that point a struggle ensues, with the officer punching Armenta and dragging her toward his vehicle.

 When the passenger of Armenta’s vehicle exits the car, the officer draws his weapon.

 In the arresting officer’s police report, he says he was pulling Armenta over because she had a suspended license. The officer further said Armenta refused to comply with his orders and a sudden movement with her left hand made him fear an “imminent physical assault.”

 Armenta called the incident “police brutality” and has since hired a civil rights attorney and will pursue a civil suit.

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