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New York cop punches handcuffed Black woman in throat amid arrest

Officer Rory Spain is on paid administrative leave pending results of an ongoing investigation.

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A police officer was captured as he violently attacked a Black woman at a department store in upstate New York. According to multiple news outlets, officers were called to the Walmart in East Syracuse at 4:55 p.m. on July 4 following reports of a fight between five to six individuals, who allegedly used pepper spray and threatened employees during the altercation.

When they arrived to the scene, Officer Rory Spain separated the parties and handcuffed Tyreana Edmonds for striking employees. However, things escalated when he tried to lead her away. Per department spokesman Lt. Jerry Pace, the woman dropped to the ground and kicked some plastic boxes amid the arrest, prompting Spain to drag her by the cuffs and one leg.

In response, Edmonds attempted to bite the cop, who punched her in the throat and knocked her to the ground.

Per the video, bystanders who were upset were informed by Spain to stay back. The Black woman was arrested and charged with attempted assault of a police officer, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. Tajenik Byrd, a pregnant woman who was pinned to the ground by Spain’s partner Officer Corey Buyck was also hit with charges. She faces charges of third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a noxious material, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration for pepper-spraying multiple individuals.

As for Spain, he was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the ongoing probe.

A 15-minute video of the cop’s violent reaction was later posted on Facebook. The footage was reportedly spliced together using clips from body cameras, witnesses’ cell phones and surveillance videos. Spain’s body camera, authorities learned, recorded half of the struggle and turned off amid the fight. An investigation is underway to gather more details about the incident.

“Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policies, and the law will not be made until all the facts are known and the investigation is complete,” said Lt. Pace.

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