In that complaint, an NYPD officer says the victim told him that she “observed the defendant strike her about the face with an open hand, causing substantial pain and a laceration behind her ear.”
It continues: “She observed the defendant grab her hand, causing swelling, bruising, and substantial pain to her finger... she observed the defendant put his hand on her neck, causing bruising and substantial pain.”
Something is odd about her statement. Why not just say, he did X or he did Y. How does a person observe something happening to them?
If I get hit, I'm going to say; "I got hit", not; "I observed a hand going across my face and I felt pain and now my face or cheek hurts"!