Federal Way police are investigating the use of force in the arrest of a 36-year-old woman they say resisted officers after she was pulled over for talking on her cellphone while driving, the department said Monday.
The Federal Way woman was stopped between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 27 in the 30900 block of 16th Avenue South, and walked away from the vehicle with her dog when the officer returned to his car to finish writing a traffic infraction, police said.
The officer – who noted that he is 155 pounds and the woman is about 260 – tried to detain her and she resisted, according to the department. A second officer arrived to help him.
A man who identified himself as the woman’s husband said she did not touch the officers and that she was beaten by police.
According to police reports:
The officer who pulled her over drew – but did not use – his Taser when the woman resisted arrest and took a “bladed stance.”
When the second officer arrived and they tried to arrest her, she scratched one officer on the neck and tried to hit the other in the face.
The officer who arrived for backup “used closed fist strikes to (the woman’s) face area,” when she scratched the other officer, he said. She had a bruise on her eye and was evaluated by the fire department.
The woman has been charged with third-degree assault, and the incident and the use of force are under independent review, according to the department.Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268