BPD chief orders internal investigation into alleged beating of girl

BPD chief orders internal investigation into alleged beating of girl

Bakersfield Police Department Chief Lyle Martin ordered an internal investigation of an alleged beating of a 19-year-old girl by an officer, but the move covers after the local NAACP released a video of the allegations that went viral.

In a two-paragraph news release, the police department said that Martin would have internal investigation matter.

Tatyana Hargrove, 19, said she was beaten by a police officer who thought she was a man during a June 18 incident when police said they were looking for a male suspect armed with a machete. In a video, which has garnered more than 4 million views on Facebook, Hargrove said that she was stopped by police at gunpoint and was grabbed and punched by the officer before a police dog was turned loose on her. A police report of the incident, obtained by the news media, showed that police met with Hargrove, who was riding a bicycle, and took action when she wouldn’t comply with their commands.

When police said they were looking for a male suspect, Hargrove said she tried to explain she was a woman, but officers didn’t believe her.  A protest march is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Bell in downtown.

 

 

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