ATLANTA (CBS46) -- It’s a hard to watch video showing a handcuffed woman being kicked in the head by an officer that has many online outraged.

The family of the woman, just as horrified.

“It was a woman down on the ground in handcuffs, o man I am totally horrified, I’m speechless, not only that it’s a police officer,” said Nell Gibson, aunty of the woman who was kicked.

The video originally shared on the ATLUncensored social media pages, was shot on Monday afternoon at an apartment complex in Summerhill Atlanta.

CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy spoke exclusively to the family and the woman who took the video.

“She was spitting at the officer and then she had already spit on him once before but it didn’t get on him, so she spit on him again and it got on his boots and that’s when he decided to kick her in the face,” said the neighbor who shot the video.

The neighbor said it wasn’t the only time the woman, Ashley, was kicked.

“They actually kicked her down the hill and she went rolling,” said the Neighbor.

She says she also confronted the officer.

“We was like why did you kick her, he was like I didn’t kick her, he didn’t even know that somebody was recording,” said the neighbor.

Her neighbor said EMS took Ashley to Grady.

While the interview was happening, Ashley was dropped off by APD.

Her family adding she does take medication.

“Ashley does have some mental health problems we thought she was off her meds because she’s been acting kind of off,” said Gibson.

A statement from APD about the incident said Chief Rodney Bryant has reviewed the video and both the sergeant and the female officer in the video have been suspended. An investigation is underway to determine all the facts.

Atlanta City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Andre Dickens released the following statement: 

"I am sickened watching video of a handcuffed woman, lying face down, getting kicked in the head and I am glad that this sergeant has been relieved of his duties pending an investigation.  I don't want to imagine my mother, daughter or sister being treated this way by the police. The very police we entrust to protect our communities.  This woman should not have been kicked in the face.  I support a fair, open and expedient process to determine appropriate penalties in this and other cases where officers have violated their oath of office.
 
Two key components of my SAFE Streets Atlanta plan are hiring new highly trained officers from HBCU's and other sources who have the latest training on conflict resolution while also empowering community based policing.  Community based policing is a two-way street and APD must recommit to earning the trust of the communities they are here to protect.  
 
When I'm mayor, this type of behavior will not be tolerated.  We will instead have a modern and full strength APD where every officer respects all citizens while keeping our city safe from crime."
 

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