WATCH: Wild Detroit arrest caught on video; woman, officer seen throwing punches

DETROIT - A traffic stop in Detroit captured on video showed fists flying between a cop and the woman he pulled over.

The woman and her family said the officer was "way out of line" and the police department said the officer was doing his job.

The officer pulled the woman over for not wearing a seat belt, driving without registration, no license and expired plates.

As the stop appeared to be wrapping up, words were exchanged -- and everything went sideways and it was all captured on security camera. (Mobile video  )

When the officer tried to place the woman under arrest, she wouldn't cooperate and he took her down, WXYZ reported.  

It’s what happens next that the woman, her family and witnesses say is way out of line. The officer pulled out his handcuffs, and, in the struggle, appears to hit her.

The store owner, who asked to remain anonymous, said he watched the traffic stop escalate.

"(The officer) punched her twice on the face. I told the officer stop hitting her twice and that's when he stopped," the store owner said.

The woman ended up in the back of the patrol car moments later where her aunt captured her on cell phone video of her saying "he's over there laughing and he's just hit me over and over. This is not how he would want his own mother treated."

While the woman was locked up and unavailable to talk with Action News, her aunt said the woman was angry over being stopped.

"She took the tickets from him and said 'I'm going to call the police on you.' This is America, she has the right to say anything that flows," she said.

However, according to Detroit Police, you can’t say just anything. Investigators tell me the woman threatened the officer after learning her car would be impounded -- and that threat triggered the arrest.

As for the use of force, Detroit Police have reviewed the video and say the arrest was by the book-- given that she fought back. They say it follows training protocol for use of force given her level of resistance.

Police said any time there is use of force during an incident, it is automatically reviewed by the department. In this case, DPD says they support the officer's actions before, during and after the arrest. As for the woman, she was taken into custody for resisting and obstructing. Family members say she was also checked out at the hospital.

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