Justice for African American Allegedly Mauled by K-9

Target: Lyle Martin, Bakersfield Chief of Police

Goal: Immediately fire officers involved in the alleged K-9 mauling of 19-year-old Tatyana Hargrave.

Nineteen-year-old Tatyana Hargrave was riding her bicycle home in Bakersfield, California when she was confronted by police. One officer reportedly demanded she hand over her backpack. According to her testimony, a second officer soon appeared with a K-9, and things immediately took a turn for the worse.

“He grabbed me by my wrist, and then he grabbed me by my neck, punched me, and then he threw me onto the ground. And then that’s when the K9 came and started eating at my leg,” she said in a video circulated online.

Hargrave said she desperately screamed for help as the dog mauled her and an officer rammed his knee into her back, suffocating her. “I started yelling out, ‘Somebody help me! Somebody help me! They’re going to kill me!’” she said.

Since the video went viral, the Bakersfield Police Department has stated the incident was a case of mistaken identity, and vowed to investigate the conduct of the officers. However, if you believe there should be zero tolerance for violence in our communities, then please sign this petition demanding the officers involved be fired immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Martin,

On almost a daily basis, the American public is treated to shocking footage of police officers seemingly treating innocent people with horrific brutality, and total impunity. Today, the spotlight is on the Bakersfield Police Department. Nineteen year old Tatyana Hargrave has accused police of attacking her without provocation; punching her, restraining her and allowing a K-9 to viciously maul her.

Your department says it will look into the matter, but we’ve heard this kind of softly-softly rhetoric plenty of times in the past. We don’t want words — we want clear, decisive and principled action; and we want it now. We demand you immediately identify and fire the officers involved in this sickening incident, pending criminal charges against them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: NAACP Bakersfield

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4 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    why leave her disabled! animal bites lead to rabies if infected!

  2. Judith Church says:

    The United States need to overhaul all law enforcement and weed out the bad policeman and women. This us Unnacceptable and can not be tolerated. These rouge police are no better than the criminals they are harming.

  3. nilda Rippon says:

    Police abusers should be punished in prisomment for Cruelties and inhumane killing of helpless defenseless Voiceless lives living being created from God! And stop violence just shoot the humans and even innocent helpless creatures from God. This are number one abusers. Police should be protect the public and should not be Abusers they just shoot what ever dont be a guidance of Crimes. Signed abusers police should fired and punishment in prisomment. Unacceptable and unlawfully horrible behaviour of police man. Signed

  4. They always have some excuse, in this case “mistaken identity”. So they meant to brutalize and have their dog maul somebody else instead? And they were too stupid to realize they had the wrong victim? It’s a lame unconvincing excuse.
    Many cops are just thugs who like to brutalize people and animals. It’s disgusting.

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