Fairfax County Police Department disputes claims that woman was “body slammed”

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The Fairfax County Police Department is disputing social media claims that a woman was body slammed during an arrest last week. 

Police released this surveillance video of the moment a 19-year-old woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after her friend was caught shoplifting at Spencer’s in Tysons Corner Center. On Thursday, a Facebook post went viral claiming that the woman was slammed face first into the ground. Fairfax County’s police chief says the video on social media only shows part of what actually happened. 

“The officer used a guided escort with her own weight to take her gently down to the floor so the struggle would stop and it would prevent harm to herself and other and police officers. That was not body slamming at all and that allegation is absolutely false and that’s why I released the video,” Chief Edwin C. Roessler with the Fairfax County Police Department said.  

Chief Roessler has directed the internal affairs bureau to review this matter and has requested an independent investigation by the police auditor. 

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