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Sheriff Baca on the deputy who hit woman in the face


Screenshot via NBC of cellphone footage from the night Army veteran Julie Nelson was being detained by two law enforcement officials. Nelson admits cursing during the altercation, but denies acting out with physical violence.

Sheriff Lee Baca had nothing nice to say about the deputy who struck 42-year-old bus rider Julie Nelson in the face Monday night.

"If the individual deputy who swung an elbow at the lady is looking at that as a sensible solution, we need to retrain that individual," Baca told KNX-AM (1070).

According to City News Service, Sheriff's Captain Mike Parker said Nelson has four convictions for assaulting peace officers. Baca confirmed her records of aggression, telling KNX that she "has been in jail many times."

The Army veteran was "ready to pick a fight with anybody," the 911 caller told the Los Angeles Times. Jermaine Green, who captured the footage, told NBC Wednesday that Nelson was polite, but officers ordered her off the bus she began cursing at them.

Nelson told KCAL9 Wednesday that "cops know that I am mentally ill, more than normal people, so they know about me that way." 

Sheriff officials say the incident is currently under investigation for "use of force."

NBC4 snagged an interview with Nelson, who denied ever touching the deputies on duty:

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