VIDEO: Woman Strikes Officer, Then He Hits Her In Face With Taser

Chester Police Chief James Nolan said officers were responding to reports of a "riot" in the street.

Chester, PA – A video of police breaking up a fight outside a St. Patrick’s Day party has gone viral after an officer was seen punching a woman in the face with a weapon in his hand (video below).

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Saturday when a group of people tried to get into a St. Patrick’s Day house party in the 900-block of E. 16th Street near Widener University, the Daily Mail reported.

An edited video, filmed on a cell phone by a bystander, began just before the officer punched the woman.

The video showed that the officer was holding a Taser in the hand he struck her with.

Then he put her on the ground and handcuffed her as other officers fought with other partygoers around them.

Chester Police Chief James Nolan posted a lengthy statement in the form of a press release on the police department’s official Facebook page on Sunday that explained the video was only a short clip taken out of context.

Chief Nolan explained that officers had responded to a call for a large group of people fighting in what was described as a “riot” in the street on March 16.

He said a group of people had showed up for the party who were unknown to the hosts, so they were denied entry.

The group attacked the people throwing the party, so the hosts tried to lock themselves inside the house.

But the group kicked in the locked front door, entered the home, and proceeded to assault several people inside, according to the press release.

Chief Nolan said officers were gaining control of the crowd outside when 20-year-old Dominique Difiore hit an officer.

That's when the video started and showed the officer striking her.

Difiore was arrested, and so were 21-year-old Shawn Connelly, 20-year-old Tess Herman, and 18-year-old Jaylene Westfall.

They were all charged with several violations of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code including Aggravated Assault, and alcohol related offenses, according to the police department’s press release.

Chief Nolan said the incident captured on the video was under investigation.

“A partial video of the event is circulating on various social media platforms,” the press release said. “The incident, the video, and level of force used in connection with the event are all currently under investigation. There were numerous assaults and a college age St. Patrick's celebration going on in the neighborhood at the time of this incident. Police are still conducting investigations to determine if other persons will be charged in relation to the events of the day.”

Watch the clips of the incident in the videos below (scroll down for more):

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Sheepdog 31
Sheepdog 31

When I was in the academy the instructor asked, "Who in here won't hit a woman?". Several raised their hands as they'd been taught that from birth. Instructor then said, "You need to get that shi+ out of your heads! If a woman steps up like a man, treat her as you would any man.". I had no idea the depth of that statement until I started encountering females on the street that fought 10x worse than any man!

RemoWilliams
RemoWilliams

Resisting law enforcement is no joke. Problem solved and for those of you who are easily triggered, sometimes policing isn't pretty.

Rocksmyth
Rocksmyth

You have to be insane to hit a guy who is carrying a gun. Any attack on a LEO should be met with crippling force. Obviously the attacker has no respect for the law and will most probably escalate his behavior. LEO's are not punching bags.

NFPD103
NFPD103

Another idiot arrested after assaulting an officer nothing to see here time to move on.

xcop137
xcop137

In the first place it is not a punch. It is more of push in the face after the woman struck him. He had the tazer in his hand already. She is then quickly handcuffed and taken into custody. Nothing but good police work.