The trial of a police officer accused of using unnecessary force in a now-infamous arrest that was caught on video began in Reykjavík District Court today.
As reported last summer, a police officer was recorded on video pushing an intoxicated woman with the door to his van, grabbing her by the arm, swinging her into a sidewalk bench, dragging her a short distance and then kneeling on her back and neck as he handcuffed her. He has since been put on administrative leave, and the woman he arrested filed formal charges against him.
Vísir now reports that the trial has begun, and she is seeking 1.5 million ISK in damages.
The plaintiff alleges that she received multiple injuries during the arrest, including bruising and swelling along her right leg, right arm and face.
The officer in question has maintained he is innocent of using excessive force.
In addition to the damages, she is seeking to have her legal expenses paid and that the officer face assault charges.
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