The NAACP of Bakersfield California has shared a disturbing video on their facebook page of 19 year-old Tatyana Hargrove talking about the terrifying events of June 18, when she was beaten by police officers while riding her bike from the store. So far, Tatyana’s video has over 3.8 million views.
The video shows a beaten and bruised teenager who says she had stopped her bike for a drink of water when she was suddenly surrounded by police cars. The officers exited their cars with guns drawn, demanding to search her backpack. When Tatyana hesitated, she was thrown to the ground, punched in the face, and bitten multiple times by a police dog. Terrified, hurt, and having trouble breathing because one of the officers was pinning her to the ground with his knee, Tatyana begged for her life:
I told him ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’ and then I started yelling out, ‘Somebody help, somebody help me, they’re gonna kill me!’
According to police reports on the incident, Tatyana was mistaken for a male suspect who had been threatening people with a machete earlier in the night. The suspect, who was also black, was described as a 5 foot 10, 170 pound bald male with a goatee. Hargrove, who is not bald and has no facial hair, stands at 5 foot 2 inches and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Said police on the scene,
[Hargrove] appeared to be a male and matched the description of the suspect that had brandished a machete and was also within the same complex the suspect had fled to.
Seems like an honest mistake, right? Hargrove should have known better than to ride her bike in her own neighborhood while being black. Given her race and recent events involving police officers shooting innocent black people and with little to no repercussions, she should probably just be thanking them for not killing her.
WATCH: Hargrove And Her Parents Speak Out About Her Beating
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