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Arrest at Pittsburgh gay pride event investigated after video shows officer punching woman

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    Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar, left, makes a statement during a news conference with Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday, June 16, 2014, about a videotaped confrontation between a police officer and a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival on Sunday June 15 in Pittsburgh. A gay rights group is asking Pittsburgh officials to investigate a videotaped confrontation. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press

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    Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar, left, makes a statement during a news conference with Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday, June 16, 2014, about a videotaped confrontation between a police officer and a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival on Sunday June 15 in Pittsburgh. A gay rights group is asking Pittsburgh officials to investigate a videotaped confrontation. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press

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    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto answers a question during a news conference on Monday, June 16, 2014 about a videotaped confrontation between a police officer and a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival on Sunday June 15 in Pittsburgh. A gay rights group is asking Pittsburgh officials to investigate a videotaped confrontation. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press

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    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, right, listens as Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar speaks during a news conference on Monday, June 16, 2014, about a videotaped confrontation between a police officer and a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival on Sunday June 15 in Pittsburgh. A gay rights group is asking Pittsburgh officials to investigate a videotaped confrontation. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press

A Pittsburgh police officer has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival.

Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.

The officer, Souroth Chatterji (SOO'-rawth chah-ter-JEE'), says he was trying to break up a fight when he grabbed the woman by the head and punched her in the side so he could handcuff and arrest her. He accuses her of fighting with him and kicking him in the groin.

Twenty-two-year-old Ariel Lawther, of Harmony, is charged with aggravated assault against the officer. She also is charged with simple assault for allegedly attacking a man the mayor says was a parade opponent.

She did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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