New footage has shown the shocking moment police officers were forced to stop their colleague from punching a handcuffed woman.
The incident comes just days after former police officer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
When Floyd died as a result of Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in May last year, the issue surrounding systematic racism and unnecessary brutality within our police force was brought to light in a way it had never been before.
Following Floyd's death, thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world took to the streets in protest.
However, despite the Black Lives Matter movement being bigger than ever before, the issue prevailed.
Police brutality has long been an issue here in the states...
And to this very day, people - particularly those from minority groups - continue to get hurt or, in worst-case scenarios, lose their lives at the hands of our law enforcement.
This month alone, several young Black and Hispanic people have been fatally shot by police officers.
Daunte White, Adam Toledo, and Ma'Khia Bryant are the names of just a few of those who have lost their lives.
Though, of course, we can't paint all of our police officers with one brush.
There are many officers out there who are working hard to serve and protect their communities - as they should be.
And this week, footage has gone viral of 2 police officers going the extra mile to protect a suspect from their own colleague.
Officers from the Westminster Police Department in Orange County were called out after a Hispanic woman allegedly assaulted an Asian woman, TMZ reported.
Upon arrival, the officers said the woman, who has since been identified as Ciomara Garcia, thirty-four, was showing signs of "being under the influence."
They then learned that Garcia was also wanted on an outstanding felony bench warrant for vandalism.
As the officers handcuffed her and waited for the paramedics to arrive, Garcia became non-compliant and combative.
And, even while on the floor and with her hands behind her back, she could be seen kicking out at the officers surrounding her.
However, Garcia's brother, Adolfo Rosales, told Eyewitness News that she suffers from mental illness...
A fact he claims the police officers were aware of.
"They already know she has schizophrenia and she's bipolar, or at least one of the cops did," Rosales said.
"When we opened the door, they're trying to put handcuffs on her, and she was resisting," Rosales said. "They're walking her out, and when we got out of the walkway, that's when she started kicking their shins. That's when they threw her into the plants."
Once Garcia was on the floor, one of the officers could be seen punching her twice in the face...
To which his own colleagues were forced to pull him back.
People have applauded the officer's actions...
It was good to see the other officers stop their partner and push him away. That’s what we need! One officer is out of pocket.. The other officers step up and stop that non sense. Keep the 🎥’s Rolling!!— Irvin Jerry Jr. (@CoachIJerry) April 23, 2021
I’m glad the two officers intervened & stopped him He punished her directly in the face while she was on the ground in handcuffs No restraint No deescalation techniques he instead punched her. We know the statistics of domestic violence & police officers.— Joshua (@JoshuaA_84) April 23, 2021
Dude wtf ! Who do these police think they are ?— Gx (@_geegeex3) April 23, 2021
So bc she kicked him, he has the right to punch her multiple times?? The force used can’t be greater than the force the officer is facing. She’s cuffed, with 3 officers around. U ppl are ridiculous.— TariosWorld (@Chuckchewy1) April 23, 2021
Very happy to see an officer stop a bad one. This needs to happen more in these situations and hopefully do away with all the bad apples.— Chris Papio (@SteLenaFoster) April 23, 2021
Some of these cops really need some anger management. If I lost my cool like that while at work, no doubt I’d be in jail for assault. 😠— Karina Morales (@KarinaMorales11) April 23, 2021
Garcia was taken to a nearby hospital and later booked into Orange County jail.
The officer who was seen punching Garcia has since been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation. The WPD Internal Affairs Division is also in communication with the Orange County DA's Office, which will evaluate the officer's use of force and determine if criminal charges are warranted.
You can watch the incident unfold below.
A Westminster police officer is on paid leave after cellphone video captured him punching a woman in the face while arresting her on suspicion of assault, authorities say. Two other officers intervened to stop him.https://t.co/gElDWjYI25 pic.twitter.com/ZwBKPkCQVB— KTLA (@KTLA) April 23, 2021
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.