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Posted 9/6/17 , edited 9/7/17
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/09/05/teen-girl-files-claim-against-police-who-mistook-her-for-a-black-male-suspect-and-punched-her/?utm_term=.143c349dc43a


The officers had been looking for a suspect — described as a 25- to 30-year-old, bald black man standing 5 feet 10 and weighing about 170 pounds — who had threatened several people with a machete at a nearby grocery store, according to a police report.

Thinking she was that man — and despite her protests — the officers seized on the 5-foot-2, 115-pound Hargrove, in an altercation that escalated until police punched her in the mouth, unleashed a K-9 dog on her and arrested her. It wasn’t until officers placed her in their patrol car that they asked Hargrove’s name and realized she was female — and thus not the suspect they were looking for.

Though police later admitted it was a case of mistaken identity, Hargrove was charged with resisting or delaying an officer and aggravated assault on an officer. It wasn’t until August that those charges against her were dropped, her attorney said.

“It changed me. Very bad,” Hargrove, 19, said last week at a news conference. “My friends tell me I’m different.”

That’s about as far as she was able to get before breaking down crying.

“I hope and I pray this doesn’t happen to anybody else,” she said through tears.

Frustrated with what they say has been a lack of accountability for the officers’ actions, Hargrove is filing a claim against the city of Bakersfield. A precursor to a lawsuit, the claim will almost certainly lead to legal action against the city.

Neil K. Gehlawat, Hargrove’s attorney, said this option was the only way they felt they could bring justice in this case. Only the district attorney’s office or a U.S. attorney’s office has the ability to punish the officers, he added, but there was “virtually zero percent chance” they would.


Yikes. That's a hot mess. Really wish there was some public camera information on this. With that said though I find it hard to believe that an 115 pound person was enough of a threat to a bunch of trained grown adults that they had to use a k-9 until and elevated force.
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Not quite sure of the procedures, but I would think some compliance is necessary regardless, but this seems genuinely uncalled for in terms of force. A 115 pound anyone is nothing.
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I remember this story.Fuck those officers and the department for not holding them accountable.I'm glad she's filing a claim.
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Damn bruh she weighs just as much as me...
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Well, using the dog is probably better than letting some pissed off cop fight with her.
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.....I'm sorry, what now?

5'10, age 25-30, 175lbs, bald guy with a machete
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5'2, age 19, 115lb, girl with a backpack?

There's mistaken identity and then there's "What the fuck is wrong with you people?".




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runec wrote:

.....I'm sorry, what now?

5'10, age 25-30, 175lbs, bald guy with a machete
vs
5'2, age 19, 115lb, girl with a backpack?

There's mistaken identity and then there's "What the fuck is wrong with you people?".






What's real and what's a parody is getting harder to tell apart.

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I would pound her too


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Cops are just bullies with badges now anymore. How do you even make this kind of mistake, like c'mon now?
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TheAngryLittleAlchemist wrote:

I would pound her too




I'm sorry, I can't read what you wrote on account of a trained k-9 currently tearing at the flesh of my neighbors 6 year old for pointing at a cop and calling him a poo-poo head.

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They let the K9 chew her up even after checking the bag and finding nothing.
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TheAngryLittleAlchemist wrote:
I would pound her too



"No one has acted like an arsehole in this thread yet. Now's my chance to shine!"




ronin99 wrote:
What's real and what's a parody is getting harder to tell apart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1cgHEWG-BA


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runec wrote:

.....I'm sorry, what now?

5'10, age 25-30, 175lbs, bald guy with a machete
vs
5'2, age 19, 115lb, girl with a backpack?

There's mistaken identity and then there's "What the fuck is wrong with you people?".



She does look like some young dude with a shaved head, though.
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That is fucking disturbing.
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It's kind of sad how timeless this song is.
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