California officer wrestles pregnant woman to the ground
May 30, 2015
The ACLU has released footage of a California police officer tackling an eight-months pregnant woman and wrestling her to the ground. [LA Times]
Charlena Michelle Cooks has just dropped off her daughter at elementary school when the Barstow police officer demanded that she provide identification due to an alleged road rage incident. When Cooks refused to provide ID, the officer grabbed her arms and attempted to place her hands in cuffs.
The policeman then wrestled her to the ground and completed the arrest. Cooks screamed as she fell face first on the ground.
“Do not touch me. I am pregnant,” Cooks said. “Please, I am pregnant. Please stop this.”
The incident occurred in January. Cooks says she gave birth in March.
Cooks is black, and it appears the officer is white. The Barstow Police Department said Cooks actively resisted arrest and denied the incident was racially motivated.
The ACLU says Cooks’ arrest was unlawful because California law allows a person to refuse to provide ID.
“I actually have the right to ask for your name,” the officer said during the incident.
Police only charged Cooks with obstructing justice. The charge was dropped, according to San Bernardino County court records.