The following email was sent out by the Bakersfield, California chapter of the NAACP calling on Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Maxine Waters, David Valadao, Kevin McCarthy, Andy Vidak, Karen Goh, the Bakersfield Police Department, and Lisa Green to hold the police officers who conducted the sadistic attack on 19 year old Tatyana Hargrove accountable for their actions.
Tatyana Hargrove is a 19 yr old girl who was beaten by Bakersfield police and maliciously attacked by a K9 police dog while riding her bike home. The reason? Police say they mistook her for an adult male suspect but throughout the encounter, Tatyana was never told why she was being arrested. “After they beat me and threw me in the cop car, that’s when they told me,” she said.
Tatyana stopped for a moment while riding her bike when she saw three police cars and an officer pointing a gun at here. Police asked if she was just a grocery store where earlier that day police received a report of a man with a machete who attempted to stab an employee. They were looking for a 30-year-old black male nearly 6 feet tall with shaved head and goatee and weighing 160lbs. Tatyana is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and only weighs 120 pounds.
When Tatyana said she wasn’t at the grocery store, the police demanded to see her backpack: “I looked behind me and it was a big K-9 dog,” she said. “I then got scared and then I was like ‘Here just take the backpack.’” Tatyana says one officer then grabbed her wrist and neck and punched her in the mouth. “He then threw me onto the ground and then that’s when the K-9 came and started eating at my leg.”
One officer put his knees on her back. Over and over she yelled “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” It wasn’t long before officers realized they had the wrong person but by then Tatyana had been punched, shoved, and severely bitten by a dog. She was taken to a hospital where she called her father who was told by an officer “it was mistaken identity.”
We’re calling for immediate action to be taken to help find justice for Tatyana:
1. BPD To Put Officers On Administrative Leave Immediately
2. The D.A. to File Charges Against The Officers
3. City Council To Adopt An Effective Community Police Oversight Committee
4. City Council To Approve The Budget For Body Cameras
5. FBI & US. Attorney Office To File Charges Against The Officers under Title 18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law
6. Attorney General To Include This Pattern Of Behavior In Their Investigation
7. Falsified Charges To Be Dismissed