Video footage of a handcuffed woman being hit in the face by a law enforcement official is being contrasted against her Aug. 11 arrest in Cleveland. Due to the unsteady quality of the video and the lack of public comment about this specific altercation, the narrative is murky at best.
Nonetheless, Ciara Isabel Perez-Rodriguez was charged with assault on a police office, a fourth-degree felony. She and others were arrested Thursday at West 80th and Detroit amid a sweep of suspected violent offenders.
The hit, which could interpreted by the viewer as a punch or a slap — or, as CPPA President Steve Loomis described it to NEOMG, a "defensive" move — comes at the 11-second mark in the video above, after Perez-Rodriguez spits at an unidentified officer. Cleveland police officials have not yet named the officers in the video.
Also included in the arrest report: Perez-Rodriguez throwing a bottle of Pepsi a patrol car and kicking several officers.