Is it appropriate for a cop to smash a little old lady’s face into pavement after pulling her over for drunk driving?
Yes, it is, according to Glenn County Police Chief Matt Doering.
70-year-old Kathleen Mary Allegrone screamed and attempted to resist arrest after she was initially pulled over for driving under the influence on December 5. Officer Kevin Jones responded by lifting Allegrone into the air and throwing her onto the paved street. She landed face-first.
The shocking incident was caught on camera.
Witnesses said they were “stunned” by what transpired.
The man who recorded the episode said, “The lady was being handcuffed and did not have her arms to break her fall.”
At one point, an officer approached the man and asked him to stop recording. The cop said, “I know it’s not against the law. I’m just asking you not to do it. I cannot stop you but all I can say is that if it was your friend over there or if it was yourself would you want this happening?”
Allegrone’s face was badly injured after being body slammed:
Jones was taken off patrol for a short while after the incident, but has returned to performing his full duties. Chief Doering defended Jones’s actions, stating that the officer’s force against Allegrone was justified.
While Jones has returned to work with no substantial punishment, Allegrone faces charges for DUI and willful obstruction of police officers.