SF police investigate use of force in arrest 

San Francisco police are probing a use-of-force incident Sunday in which two Taraval District officers arrested a woman for allegedly assaulting someone while intoxicated.

The incident was caught on video by a bystander and posted on YouTube, prompting the investigation, police spokesman Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.

According to Dangerfield, the officers responded to the 1500 block of 25th Avenue on a report of someone having been assaulted by the woman, who was reportedly intoxicated and with her infant child at the time.

Police have not released specific details of the incident, but the 3.5-minute video appears to show the woman, apparently handcuffed, swearing at the officers while they try to place her into a squad car. A baby in a stroller is crying next to her on the sidewalk.

In the video, one officer tells her to "stop moving around" as she continues to yell obscenities.

She then appears to resist as the officers try to place her into their squad car, yelling about "my baby in the street."

One of the officers then appears to force her face first to the ground.

Dangerfield cautioned that the video alone is inconclusive.

"You don't always know what you're seeing; that's why we're doing an investigation," he said. "You have to look at the totality of the circumstances."

The woman, a 40-year-old San Francisco resident, was booked on suspicion of elder abuse, child endangerment, resisting arrest and assaulting a responding paramedic, police said. Her name was not released.

Dangerfield said the officer, whose name was also not released, has been temporarily reassigned off of street duty during the investigation.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the video had been removed from YouTube.

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