SALT LAKE CITY -- Authorities are considering criminal charges against a now-retired Salt Lake City police officer shown in a 2014 body camera video striking a woman in the face and yelling expletives at her while her young daughter watches during an arrest for public intoxication, CBS affiliate KUTV reported.
Police and prosecutors are also trying to pinpoint what went wrong internally that kept them from finding out sooner. The video was posted online this week by the woman's adult daughter, prompting news coverage.
Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that he only learned about the incident on Tuesday, after the video was posted.
"It's a tragic situation in several ways," said Brown, according to KUTV. "The action you saw was abhorrent. It is not what we would teach it is not our culture. It did occur. That is our videotape, we do not back away from that, and I promise that we will take appropriate actions to look into this situation and investigate it through our internal affairs process."
Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill called the video "disturbing" and said his office is investigating whether charges should be filed.
Gill said the office he now oversees was aware of the video two years ago when their lawyers were handling the case against Michelle S. Anderson, but failed to let police know due to a "communication breakdown."