19-year-old Tatyana Hargrove was only trying to go out and purchase her dad a Father’s Day gift. Temperatures that day in Bakersfield, California had reached nearly 103 degrees.
As Hargrove put down her bike and stand in the shade to drinks some water she noticed three police cars. According to The Washington Post officers approached her, one of which already had their gun drawn.
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They asked her for her backpack, Hargrove responded with, “Do you have a warrant?” the officer proceeded to point behind her. There was a K-9 dog and then decided to give her bag to the officer. As soon as she did the officer grabbed her wrist as well as her neck, punched her and threw her to the ground. The K-9 was released and began to bite her.
The officers tied her wrist and feet together and threw her in the police car. Hargrove said, “I heard someone scream say that’s not the guy.”
Even while Tatyana was in the back of the car the officers continued to ask her what her name was and when she responded they said, “Don’t lie to me that’s a girls name.”
She went to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries, but after was taken to jail, detained for 16 hours and then released bail.
Her mother said, “My daughter is a responsible young lady, she works loves life and there was no reason for this to happen to her.”
It was a case of mistaken identity and the police thought Hargrove was a Black male suspect that was between 25-30, bald and weighing about 170 pounds. As you can see from that video she doesn’t fit the description.
Now the NAACP of Bakersfield is getting involved and wants justice for this young lady.