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IOWA CITY — Iowa City police say they are reviewing an arrest made Friday, partially caught on a bystander’s video, of a woman accused of biting a deputy and attempting to disarm an officer.
The video shows several officers placing the woman in the back seat of a marked police vehicle while she attempts to get back out. The video is unclear whether she is handcuffed, but it briefly shows her hands are behind her back. It shows the back of an officer as he punches her several times before the squad car’s door is closed with her inside.
“The Iowa City Police Department is aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media. The incident is under review. No further information is available at this time,” the city said in a news release issued Sunday.
The city said in its news release that a police foot patrol about 11:40 p.m. Friday in 100 block of S. Clinton Street saw the woman hitting the windows of a bar after being denied entry.
The woman, Daria D. Brown, 22, of Iowa City, was arrested on a count of public intoxication.
Bystander video posted on Facebook
But then Brown resisted arrest, the city said, by assaulting three Iowa City police officers. While being placed in a patrol vehicle, Brown grabbed an officer's Taser and attempted to disarm the officer, the city said.
Brown then was taken to the Johnson County Jail, where the city said she bit a Johnson County sheriff's deputy.
Brown faces charges of public intoxication, interference with official acts, three counts of assault on persons in certain occupations — the police officers — interference with official acts causing bodily injury and disarming a peace officer, which is a Class D felony.
A criminal complaint providing more details of the charges had not been filed by Sunday. Court records show that Brown also is facing trial on a charge of assaulting a person in a certain occupation for a March 13 incident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
She was being treated at the hospital — court records do not say what for — when she attempted to bite a security officer, the complaint states. She was being placed in a restraint bed but slipped lose and punched a health care provider in the chest.
She has pleaded not guilty to that charge.