A Las Vegas Metro Police officer is facing a misdemeanor battery count for using excessive force in detaining a woman earlier this year, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.

The case was initiated after officials reviewed video from a body camera the officer was wearing, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The woman initially was arrested on counts of littering and loitering for the purpose of prostitution, but the case was later dismissed, Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said at a news conference Tuesday.

According to a Metro statement, after it was reported that the woman was injured, officials reviewed the video and launched a criminal investigation. The officer's actions were determined to be "unreasonable and excessive," the statement said.

“This is the first time that I’m aware of that we are bringing criminal charges associated with the review of a body camera on an on-duty use of force incident,” McMahill said.

"We’re not going to shy away from bringing these incidents to light when the body camera captures actions of one of our officers that does not appear to be within the confines of law and policy,” McMahill said.

 

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