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Cop Caught on Video Brutally Grabbing a Teen by the Hair and Punching Her at Gay Pride Event

A Pittsburgh police officer was recorded on video assaulting a young girl attending Pride Fest.

According to the officer, a fight broke out between Ariel Lawther and a man at the event. Around 50 people gathered around the confrontation.

According to reports, “the officer worked his way through the crowd in an attempt to break up the fight. At that time, the officer claims Lawther punched him several times and took a ‘combative stance.’”

The video shows the cop grabbing the teen by the hair and punching her repeatedly in the torso.

After she was handcuffed, Lawther reportedly told the cop “I’m sorry. I did not see you were a cop. I am sorry I hit you.”

Prior to the incident, the officer says he spoke with Lawther and told her “not to be physically offensive toward the demonstrators.”

The officer has since been suspended and is under investigation.

Lawther is being held at Allegheny County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.”

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar told reporters “All of these types of incidents will be reviewed and investigated very thoroughly and objectively without any predisposition on either side. This incident has been referred to Office of Municipal Investigation for review. There’s a process in place that triggers that in these types of incidents.”

Mayor Bill Peduto said “the officer has been taken off the street and will remain off the street for 30 days. He has been suspended for many other outside duties while the investigation continues.”

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