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Veteran Video Game Developer Injured After Altercation with Police

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Veteran video game developer Patricia Pizer has had a long career in the game industry, having worked at Disney, Harmonix, Infocom, THQ (recently reborn as THQ Nordic), Ubisoft, and more. Pizer currently serves as the founder and CEO of her own game development consulting firm called Where's The Fun Games. However, Pizer's name is currently making headlines not for her work in the industry, but for an incident with police at a convenience store in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

There are conflicting reports about the incident online, but the gist of the situation is that Pizer was filming the police while they were arresting someone at the convenience store. According to the GoFundMe page set up to help Pizer pay her medical bills and hire a lawyer, the police were "roughing up" whoever they were arresting. Pizer was told to leave, and what happened after that depends on whose side of the story one believes.

Pizer's husband, citing surveillance footage from the convenience store that has not been released to the public, says that Pizer walked away from police, but continued filming the situation. "Cop runs up behind her and hits her like a football player. She leaves her feet and goes face first into the glass door of the gas station cop then punches her in the head, Picks her up and slams her," Pizer's husband said in a Facebook post. Pizer was then arrested for assaulting an officer and released from jail on an $8,000 bond.

According to police, Pizer had attempted to intervene in their initial arrest, throwing "a cold beverage" in an officer's face and punching them. At that point, the officer hit Pizer's arm and took her to the ground where she struck her teeth on the pavement.

The Rock Hill police department has conducted an internal investigation into the matter using the store surveillance video and the officer's body camera footage. The police have determined that Pizer's arrest was lawful and the amount of force used was necessary, but will not be making the body cam footage public at this time.

Regardless of the conflicting reports of exactly what occurred when the former Disney, THQ, Ubisoft, etc. developer had an altercation with a police officer in the convenience store, she broke multiple teeth and also suffered a broken arm by the time it was all said and done.

Source: The Herald (via Kotaku)

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