This is the shocking moment a police officer brutally drags a pregnant woman by her hair and repeatedly hits her in the face in front of a crowd of onlookers. In the video, the woman can be heard shouting at the police who are arresting a man at the back of their patrol car. One of the officers then walks up to the crowd of onlookers and grabs the woman by her hair and begins slamming his fist into her face.
The startling scenes were filmed in the Santo Antonio Alem do Carmo area of the city of Salvador, in the Brazilian state of Bahia. He then then drags the woman away from the crowd by her hair as an onlooker can be heard shouting ‘Calm down man! She is pregnant!’. The suspect who was being arrested can be seen struggling with officers in the background as the crowd tries to drag the woman away from the aggressive officer. The officer then lands another punch on the pregnant woman’s face before onlookers manage to drag her to safety.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, confirmed she is three months pregnant. She told reporters: ‘The officer who hit my face was not with the same patrol as those who beat the boy (getting arrested). We started shouting because there were a lot of people, a lot of families, we shouted that they were cowards and they were going to kill the boy. ‘He did not say anything to me, he did not address me, he came and hit me and people were asking him to let me go. He hit me really hard in the face, people were shouting that I was pregnant and he continued attacking me.’ She said that nobody knew the boy who was being arrested.
The Military Police confirmed they were investigating the video and the behaviour of the officers during the arrest. A statement read: ‘The images are being analysed by the Commander and the officers, who clearly overstepped the mark, have been removed from operational activities.’ The officer who hit the woman has been suspended and is seeing a psychologist, according to police sources.
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