Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers pepper-sprayed a woman during a raid at a Brooklyn restaurant last week, according to officials and video that circulated on social media over the weekend.

ICE officers went into the Flatbush Avenue restaurant La Cabaña on March 1st to arrest Maria de los Angeles San Pimental. During the attempted arrest, an ICE officer with the Fugitive Operations Team pepper-sprayed her, according to ICE.

In a video documented by onlookers, she was seen held on the ground with her hands behind her back, while another officer yelled at her to "relax."

"I am enraged and heartbroken," State Senator Zellnor Myrie wrote in a tweet on Saturday. "These agents pepper sprayed the woman they detained, blocked the worker from recording, & made no effort to explain what was happening to her in Spanish."

ICE spokesperson Rachael Yong Yow said in a statement that the woman "resisted arrest," after not listening to officers' instructions.

"During this enforcement action, ICE officers were within the scope of their law enforcement duties and acted with professionalism and respect to ensure the safety of all parties involved," she said. "On scene, officers maintained effective communication with Sanz Pimentel and bystanders by ensuring them she would be afforded all courtesy to include a translator during processing. Although the scene became chaotic with bystanders, officers continued to conduct themselves with professionalism to ensure the scene remained safe."

According to ICE, Pimental, who is from the Dominican Republic, had over-stayed her non-immigrant visa on September 22nd. She arrived to the U.S. last March, according to the federal agency.

Then, on February 25th, NYPD arrested her for assault and harassment, putting her on the radar for ICE officials. The Daily News reports the arrest was for getting into a fight with a friend at a bar, and she was released without bail.

Her arrest comes weeks after an ICE arrest turned violent in Gravesend, Brooklyn, when an ICE officer shot a man in the face and tased another. The man survived, and has since sued for civil rights violations. The shooting led to protests and outrage from advocates and politicians over ICE's conduct inside the hospital where the two men were transported.

Pimental remains in ICE custody.

On Monday morning, more than a dozen people protested outside the restaurant, including Pimental's sister, Central Brooklyn lawmaker Myrie, and immigrants' rights groups Sunset Park ICE Watch and Equality for Flatbush.

"It's a very difficult situation for me," Pimental's sister Jenny Sanz told reporters through an interpreter holding back tears. "We were only recently able to get in touch with her. It's very emotional for us."

Sanz alleged ICE officials threw her to the ground and pepper-sprayed her sister, who's the mother of three children, according to her sister.

"I wouldn't wish this on anyone else," she added.

Four other workers were pepper-sprayed by the officers, according to one worker, Piedad Peralta, who said she felt humiliated by officers for speaking Spanish.

"She was at work, [and ICE is] now coming to someone's workplace, where they're working to feed their family and get some taxes back into the system," said Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. "Here in Flatbush, if you are not an immigrant, then you are the son or daughter of one, and we are not gonna stand by as they take our families and our neighbors on some bullshit excuse that somehow we are safer [with ICE]."

Myrie said state legislation aimed at limiting local law enforcement's cooperation with ICE is pending.

"These examples [of ICE arrests] provide us with support to get these bills passed," he said. "I'm hoping that this will marshal the public's opinion on getting [ICE] outside of our courts, getting them out of our hospitals, getting them out of our communities and making New York truly a sanctuary state."

With Muhammad Rahman.