A Gwinnett County police officer has been placed on administrative duty after a video of him tasing a woman has sparked outrage on social media.
The incident took place on Tuesday, August 18, when Officer Michael Oxford attempted to arrest a woman on the front porch of a Loganville home.
Video of the incident has gone viral with over 14 million views on Tik Tok.
Gwinnett County Police released the following statement about the incident:
The Gwinnett County Police Department has received multiple inquiries in reference to an arrest video that is circulating on social media. The following is a summary of the incident and what the police department is doing about it.
On August 18th, the police department received a 911 call in reference to property damage on the 1800 block of Summit Creek Way in Loganville. When the officer arrived, he was informed by the complainant that two people had thrown a bottle at her car. She also said the people threatened to assault her and beat her 9-year-old child. The incident of the bottle being thrown was captured on surveillance video. That video shows a woman come and retrieve the bottle from the yard before police arrived. The complainant directed the officer to the house where she believed the suspects were staying.
When the officer went to the house, he immediately recognized one of the women on the front porch from the video surveillance. He attempted to speak with her about the incident but was unable to do so because the defendant in this case, Kyndesia Smith, began yelling at him. The officer responded by yelling back and told Smith that if she did not let him do his job he would place her under arrest. After several warnings, the officer told Smith that she was under arrest. Smith resisted a lawful command and refused to be placed in handcuffs. After refusing to be placed in handcuffs, she was warned that she would be tased. After she resisted the officer’s commands she was tased and placed in handcuffs. After she was placed in handcuffs she kicked the officer and continued to be uncooperative.
The police department takes all use of force seriously. All use of force cases are administratively reviewed through the chain of command. An investigation into this incident is being conducted. The officer has been placed in an administrative role pending the outcome of the internal investigation. We have a long history of being transparent public servants to the citizens of Gwinnett County. We will continue to keep our citizens up to date with information on this case as the facts are collected.
Kyndesia Smith was charged with felony obstruction and simple battery against an officer.
She was released on Wednesday after posting $5,900 bond.