Atlanta police officer suspended after video appears to show him kicking handcuffed woman in the head

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An image from a video of two police officers in Atlanta.
In a video posted to Instagram on Monday, a police officer appears to kick a detained woman. Instagram/atluncensored
  • Video emerged Monday showing an officer seeming to kick a detained woman in the head in Atlanta.

  • An account posted footage showing a woman handcuffed after what was called a "domestic incident."

  • The Atlanta Police Department said the actions of the officer "appear to be unacceptable."

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A police officer in Atlanta was suspended after video posted online appeared to show him kicking a detained woman in the head.

The video was published on Instagram on Monday by the account Atlanta Uncensored, which said it took place in the Summerhill neighborhood after a "domestic incident" involving an unspecified other person.

It shows a woman facedown on the ground with her hands restrained behind her back.

Two officers - a man and a woman - stand near her. At one point the woman raises her head and the male officer appears to kick her with his right foot.

The caption from Atlanta Uncensored said the woman "was kicked in the face by an officer after she spat on his boots and pants."

The video does not capture any sound from those involved, but it does include the reaction of a person farther away.

Insider is embedding the video. Readers should note that it depicts violence and also shows the woman partially unclothed.

A third officer approaches from behind a patrol car just after the kick.

The video is about six seconds long and does not show events before or after.

In a statement, the Atlanta Police Department said one officer in the video, a sergeant, was placed on unpaid suspension pending an investigation and another officer was placed on administrative assignment. Neither officer was named.

"Upon reviewing the video, the actions of the sergeant appear to be unacceptable, and we are also concerned with the apparent lack of reaction from another officer present during the incident," a police statement said.

The police said in the statement that the department had received a call that a woman "was walking in the area and had pointed a gun at several people."

It continued: "Officers arrived on scene and were able to locate and detain the female.

"Officers became concerned with the female's mental health and requested Grady EMS [an ambulance service] transport her to the hospital for evaluation. The female was not charged."

The police department said its Office of Professional Standards had begun an investigation.

In recent years, videos posted on social media have helped to expose incidents of police brutality.

A video showing George Floyd die under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis last year sparked a national debate about racism in the US.

The officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of murder in June.

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