Atlanta police officer suspended after video appears to show him kicking handcuffed woman in the head
In a video posted to Instagram on July 26, a police officer appears to be kicking an imprisoned woman. Instagram / atluncensored
A video surfaced Monday of an officer kicking a woman arrested in Atlanta in the head.
One account posted footage showing a woman handcuffed after a so-called "domestic incident".
Atlanta police said the officer's actions "appear to be unacceptable".
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An Atlanta police officer was suspended after a video posted online showed him kicking an imprisoned woman in the head.
The video was posted on Instagram Monday by the Atlanta Uncensored account, stating that it took place in the Summerhill area of Atlanta following a "domestic incident" involving an unspecified other person.
It shows a woman face down on the floor, hands held behind her back.
Two officers, a man and a woman, stand next to her. Once the woman lifts her head and the officer kicks her with his right foot.
The Atlanta Uncensored caption states that the woman "was kicked in the face by an officer after spitting on his boots and pants."
The video does not capture the sound of those involved, but rather includes the reaction of someone further away.
Insider embeds the video. The reader should note that it depicts violence and also shows the woman partially unclothed.
Shortly after the apparent kick, a third officer approaches behind a patrol car.
The video is about 6 seconds long and shows no events before or after.
In a statement to local news broadcaster WSB-TV, Atlanta police said they exonerated two officers after watching the video.
Someone, a sergeant, was said to have been put on unpaid suspension pending an investigation. None of the officers were named.
"After reviewing the video, the sergeant's actions seem unacceptable and we are also concerned about the apparent lack of response from another officer who was present during the incident," a police statement said.
Insider has contacted the department for more information.
Police said their Office of Professional Standards has opened an investigation, the results of which will determine what the department does next.
In recent years, videos posted on social media have helped uncover incidents of police brutality.
A video showing George Floyd being pinned and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis last year sparked a national debate over racism in the US and protests across the country.
The officer involved in the incident, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of murder in June.
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