Wareham Police are investigating a family’s claim that an officer assaulted their mother. The family uploaded a video of the June 18 encounter to YouTube.
In the video, one of the officers is seen grabbing for the camera. After that, the woman at the door can be heard screaming that the officer slapped her in the face. Officers remained at the door as a family member called 911 to report the incident and ask for an ambulance.
[Warning: the video contains profane language.]
According to a statement released by Wareham Police, “a Communication Officer at the Wareham Police Department received a call concerning two people fighting at 17 Camardo Drive and an unsupervised 3 year old girl left outside. 17 Camardo Drive is an address known to the Police Department.”
Interim Wareham Police Chief Kevin Walsh told Wicked Local Wareham that the department was looking into the matter:
Interim Police Chief Kevin Walsh said it’s being investigated. “When we heard of the incident our investigation began. We don’t rush to judgment. We’ll do an investigation on the whole context of the incident.” He added as of Thursday afternoon police had not received a formal complaint. The officers will remain on duty during the course of the investigation.
The woman in the video, Trudy Phillips, told WCVB she was watching her granddaughter through the open front door of the house when officers arrived.
“Next thing I know, I got hit. Like, boom. My son grabbed me because I didn’t have my walker. I was holding onto the couch,” Phillips said.