[WATCH] Video Shows Las Vegas Police Officer Shoving Woman Into Car Hood

Las Vegas police have released body camera footage after a former officer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in an excessive force case Thursday.

The profanity-laden video appears to show then-Metropolitan Police Department officer Richard Scavone, 50, assaulting a woman near Tropicana Avenue and Interstate 15 early morning Jan. 6, 2015. On Friday evening, Metro released the previously unseen footage of Scavone’s encounter with a woman he suspected was a prostitute because his criminal case had been closed.

Scavone, 50, faces up to a year behind bars and a $100,000 fine on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in connection with the encounter.

The 3-minute, 23-second video begins with Scavone in his patrol car, getting out and calling to a woman. Within seconds of getting her attention, Scavone said, “I got the Taser out” and attempts to handcuff her.

He’s heard threatening to “dump” her on the ground as she talked back to him.

“The hell you think you’re talking to?” he asks her in the video.

The footage shows him push the woman, whose face is blurred, against the hood of his patrol car before apparently forcing her to the ground for several seconds. The camera then only shows her legs in the street, but she can be heard yelling for Scavone to get his knee off her neck.

Scavone and another unidentified person pull her off the ground and put her back against the hood of the car, the video shows. After a brief radio transmission, he’s observed asking her, “What else do you want me to do, tough guy?”

“Go ahead and take me to jail. That’s all I want you to do,” she replies.

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