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VIDEO: California Cops slam woman 8 months pregnant to the ground

May 28, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
VIDEO: California Cops slam woman 8 months pregnant to the ground

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Body camera video footage shows two cops in Southern California slamming a woman, eight-months pregnant to the ground during a dispute in a parking lot.

The city of Barstow, an Inland Empire city in San Bernardino County, defended the officers’ actions, writing in a statement that Charlena Michelle Cooks was actively resisting arrest during the January incident.

“The Barstow Police Department continues to be proactive in training its officers to assess and handle interactions with emotionally charged individuals while conducting an investigation, for the protection of everyone involved,” the statement, obtained by the Desert Dispatch, reads.

The confrontation as Cooks dropped off her 2nd grade daughter at school, when her and another woman, who is a school employee, got into an appearent “road rage” altercation at the Crestline Elementary School parking lot.

The officer first spoke to the school employee and says no crime has been committed, then he went to document Cooks’ side of the events.

As Cooks explains her side, the officer suddenly cuts her off and asks for identification, something he hadn’t done with the other woman.

“I don’t even think that that disagreement in the parking lot was enough to warrant a call to the police,” Cooks told the Dispatch.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which took up Cooks’ case and released the video, says California law does not require someone to identify themselves “for no reason.”

He and the other officer then took her to the ground, stomach down, and handcuffed her behind her back.

“This is ridiculous, what are you doing?” the incredulous Cooks asks. “I didn’t even do anything wrong.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever been that terrified in my life,” Cooks recently told the Dispatch. “I never saw that coming. I told him I was pregnant so he could proceed with caution. That didn’t happen and the first thing I thought was I didn’t want to fall to the ground. I felt the pressure on my stomach from falling and I was calling for help. But those guys are supposed to help me. But who is supposed to help me when they are attacking me?”

Cooks was put in the back of a police cruiser and later booked on a charge of resisting or obstructing a police officer, a charge later tossed by a judge.

The officer involved in the incident is shown on video recounting for another officer what happened.

“I gave her a minute to give up her name and I went to put her under arrest and she resisted arrest,” he said. “That’s all there is to it.”

Cooks later gave birth to a heatlhy baby girl, but she’s been banned from the school property and is considering leaving Barstow after the incident.

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