Kenya's police chief has ordered a helicopter pilot to surrender himself to the nearest police station after public outcry over a video clip which appears to show the pilot assaulting a policewoman.

Joseph Boinnet said in a statement Tuesday that the incident happened Sunday in the Nyandarua area in central Kenya. The pilot had flown Deputy President William Ruto to a function there.

The video clip of the event circulated on social media and many Kenyans accused the pilot, who's white, of being racist.

In the clip the pilot can be heard telling the police woman to do her job as a crowd of onlookers surges near the helicopter. The pilot grabs the police officer's cane and can be seen pushing her.