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Police officer in California put on administrative leave after video of him kicking, dragging woman emerges


Anna Bauman

San Francisco Chronicle

A San Jose police officer who kicked and dragged a woman during an arrest was placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the use-of-force incident.

Police arrested Guadalupe Esperanza Marin, 39, of San Jose, around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a McDonald’s parking lot located at Santa Clara and 27th Streets, according to San Jose police.

Officers stopped Marin because the vehicle evaded police earlier that day and on July 18, police said.

“Officers used force during the arrest after the suspect failed to comply with their commands,” police said in a statement.

A bystander recorded video of the encounter from across the parking lot. The recording, widely shared on social media, has garnered nearly 10,000 views on one Twitter account.

In the video, an officer kicks Marin in the abdomen while she kneels on the ground outside the car. He appears to punch her, shove her to the ground in a face-down position and handcuff her. The officer then drags her face-down across the pavement by the arms.

A second officer talks to someone inside the car, telling them to “Shut up,” “Stop talking” and “Get out of the car.” It’s unclear who was inside the vehicle.

“You hit her for nothing,” one witness says.

Marin was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest, police said.

Anna Bauman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: anna.bauman@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @abauman2


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