In a Facebook post featuring three cellphone videos, which has about 150,000 views, a woman is seen arguing with the officer, who was working as a security guard inside a Walmart in Roebuck, Alabama, as he attempts to detain her.
After a brief struggle, the officer lifts the woman up and drops her to the ground.
The officer was alerted to the situation when he heard the woman yelling obscenities to customers and employees, the department said.
Police said the woman was asked to leave the store, but she refused. When the officer moved to detain her, she resisted, leading them to use the “take-down” method, the department said.
Though the video shows the woman fall to the ground, police said she was unharmed. Subsequent videos posted to Facebook show the woman with no apparent injuries. She also refused medical evaluation, the department said.
However, the woman has been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, the department said in the video.
It wasn’t clear if she was jailed, or if she has representation.
An eyewitness who posted the videos of the incident to Facebook said in comments beneath the post that the woman was asked to put on a mask by a store employee and refused, cursing out the employee after she was asked to leave.
She said the officer intervened later.
“Although most state and local governments do not mandate the use of face coverings in public settings, the CDC has reported that recent studies show a significant portion of individuals with the virus lack symptoms and can transmit the virus,” said Walmart CEO John Furner in the memo to US employees. “With this knowledge, we believe it is simply in everyone’s best interest to use masks or face coverings to curb the spread of this disease.”
CNN reached out to Walmart for comment about the incident, but the company deferred to the local police.