The Dekalb County (Georgia) Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer was filmed beating a homeless woman with a baton, WGCL reported.
The incident happened in June but the video was released over the weekend. The officer in the video claimed that the excessive force was used because the woman was resisting arrest.
The police department told WSB that the incident occurred June 4 at a gas station in Decatur. Police received a call from the gas station saying that a woman was asking for money from customers.
Katie McCrary, the woman in the video, allegedly tried to push the officer out of the way and leave the scene. The situation quickly escalated from there.
"She continued to aggressively resist the officer's commands, resulting in the deployment of the officer's baton," PIO Sheira D. Campbell said.
The video shows the officer -- who has not been publicly identified -- repeatedly hitting McCrary with a baton. The woman who took the video on her cellphone told WSB-TV that the officer needed to be "punished."
WGCL reported that McCrary is in jail on an unrelated charge. A man who said he knows McCrary told WGCL that she's often seen at the store asking for money. He alluded to mental health issues.
The officer is not facing any charges.