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Video of Riverside Sheriff’s deputy taking down woman selling flowers shared widely on social media

By in Press Enterprise on July 18, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

Riverside County Sheriff’s officials are looking into a widely shared video clip that shows a deputy taking down a woman selling flowers on a sidewalk in Perris on June 6.

The woman in the video is trying to get away from the deputy, who grabs her by the hair and takes her down. He covers her mouth with one hand and then twists and places her arm on her back.

“Why don’t you get the gang members!” she screams in Spanish. “Why me? Someone who is trying to make an honest living?”

“You are hurting me,” she says. “Why do you treat us this way?”

Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Willison said the video has “been brought to our attention.”

“Our department is aware of it and currently looking into it,” he added.

It appears the video was first shared on Twitter on June 7. People commenting on the video say it appears the woman was selling flowers outside Perris High School on graduation day.

The video has been shared more than 10,000 times on Twitter. It’s also been shared thousands of times on Facebook. In the video, bystanders are heard telling the woman to let herself be arrested.

“We’ll get you a lawyer,” a man is heard saying.

Luz Gallegos, community programs director at the immigrant rights group TODEC Legal Center in Perris, said she was aware of the video. People in the community have been sharing it, she said.

She said organizers have gotten in touch with local street vendors to see if they know the woman in the video. Gallegos also reached out to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for more information.

The video, which includes graphic language and may be disturbing for some, can be seen by clicking here.

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