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):

Comments (44)
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Buzz17
Buzz17

The gal deserved what she got! Didn't her parents teach her respect for authority?? Why do I even bother asking that about many young people today? They think they are the only ones who matter. Break laws, hit police officers, & you deserve what you get, little one!

Propolice
Propolice

Shoulda broke the spoiled thugs nose and locked all those outta control idiots up!

Righton17
Righton17

He did nothing wrong, but she sure did, and paid for it I might add.

angeleyes
angeleyes

if it had been a man punching an officer it wouldn't have been a big deal. just because you're a woman doesn't mean you get the first shot for free.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Doesn't look like a riot but breaking into someone's home and assaulting them sure sounds like a home invasion. Charge everyone involved with the most serious offense you can come up with to get their attention.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Good for the officer. These thug females in this country today need to get it through their ignorant heads that they do not have a right to put their hands on anyone in anger including any male and darn sure not a police officer.People tend to gasp in shock and horror when a female gets smacked down by a male but thinks it's funny when a female hits a male. As for the party.. those who were not invited and caused a disturbance all should be locked up.

NomonK
NomonK

Stupid is as Stupid does. People need to learn that when police arrived those officers are at that point IN CHARGE and people need to follow their orders. If they feel their rights are being violated COURTS are your only recourse. Standing up against the police is a losing matter at the scene. Your going to get your ass kicked.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

She had no right to touch him. He did his job.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Glad to see the police were able to quell the house-breakers....whatever way was necessary..that is WHY WE CALL POLICE!!!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Woman attacked cop, he defended himself appropriately, and took appropriate action to then arrest her.

As a result of the edited video that was shared, I'm waiting for the left to demand charges against the cop because no male officer should every strike a woman.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Having done the job for 25 years I can say from experience that women can be very vicious, especially when there is alcohol involved. They seem to think the laws don't apply to them because they are female.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good job by the cops. Uninvited drunk morons got what they deserved.

HonestC
HonestC

I used to manage large nightclubs. I'll take a drunk guy over a woman any day. Nothing worse than a drunk woman. NOTHING.

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

One of the biggest problems today is this constant teaching that women can attack men and men will not respond. Then the other fallacy is that women can kick a man's butt. Sure in some cases that is true, but the vast majority of women are weaker, slower and smaller than men and that is the makings of a disadvantage. Whether people want to hear it or not it is the truth. All one has to do is look at Hollywood and just about every single cop show has women defeating men twice their size. These young idiots have grown up believing this nonsense.

Rayb
Rayb

Women do have that attitude.. say anything do anything..no one can touch them.. I’m glad this cop nailed her..

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I would certainly believe the policeman's story if he had bodycam footage to back it it up. However, it can be tough to trust a violent policeman forgets to turn on his bodycam before knocking heads. His forgetting to turn on his bodycam makes me think that he has some kind of problem with his memory.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Just how people say “you shouldn’t hit a woman”, same goes for the police, “don’t hit the police”. Now a days, a lot of females believe, they can do and act however they want, and not get the justice they deserve just because they are females. Bottom line is, the rule that you’ve been taught from when you are young, KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF. If you want to act like a man, then you’ll get treated like a man. Don’t like that saying? Then act like women and you’ll be treated as such. If you act like a woman, and the man is a total douchebag, then I’m al for his ass getting beat. But don’t expect to get off clean if you decide to slap or hit a man or worse, because if it were a girl that you did that to, your ass would definately get a response. Don’t mistake the kindness/manners for weakness.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Pa-pow!! Right on!! She got what she deserved!! She struck an LEO and he put her in her place!! That was indeed satisfying to watch!!!

stumpknocker777
stumpknocker777

You do not touch spit on scream at kick at throw rocks at police officers when they're engaged in an arrest and or especially when that person is resisting the arresting Officers and you certainly do not come within their 20' safety zone, stay the heck away from an active arrest and your dumb silly ass won't get hurt by the Officers, they have a right to protect themselves from you.... She could have easily had a knife or other weapon that could have seriously injured this Officer when she struck him from behind while he was engaged with his arrest and anyone who argues against that is a damn fool.

These Officers have to act quick and hard to get control and keep control of the arrest sight which means brutal force for anyone resisting, this is done to prevent further injuries to the Officer and persons being placed under arrest.

This silly woman is lucky to not have been shot because the Officer would have been found fully justified.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Glad the chief backed his officers and wasn't fast to throw them under the bus like a lot these toxic "progressive" chiefs do, always wait for all the facts before jumping to conclusions.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

It doesn't even look like he "hit" her at all with it. He had it in his hand and used two hands to grab her and take her down. The "taser", IF the taser actually made any contact at all, it appears 100% incidental.... and not intended at all. @Burgers Allday go troll something you actually have knowledge of.

FM1
FM1

This officer was surprised by the female attacker coming upon him from from his back side and begenning to assault him and in his natural response to stop the attack upon him by turning around quickley with his taser in his hand but not pointed directly at the attacker his rapid movements to contain the attacker actually startled the female attacker and as she jumped back at the same moment the officer turned in response to her attacks this adding to the very inconclusive video and making it Inconclusively appear that the officer hit the attacker when in all actuality his actions were that of grabbing the attacker so as to stop the assault upon himself

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Hey you attempt to strike or worse yet hit an officer, they have every right to defend themselves!!!

new2lv2
new2lv2

You hit a cop in the throat, in the middle of an already tense situation, What outcome do you really expect? Here's a hint, DON'T HIT THE POLICE!!!!!!!!

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

It's all on video. Enough said. The evidence is clear as day and thankfully the dipshit videoing it provided the evidence for both video clips.

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

Well done Officer.

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.

NFPD103
NFPD103

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

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.

RemoWilliams
RemoWilliams

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

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!