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Woman who accused BPD officers of brutality now accepts chief's apology

Tatyana Hargrove, who has claimed officers used excessive force in dealing with her in June 2017 while mistaking her for a suspect, speaks to Eyewitness News in Bakersfield, Calif., Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

For the first time, Eyewitness News is hearing straight from the woman who accused two Bakersfield Police Department officers of brutality.

Tatyana Hargrove is sharing her gratitude towards the district attorney's decision to not press charges against her.

Hargrove was detained in June while officers responded to a report of a person threatening people with a machete. She was mistaken for the suspect.

Hargrove claims police used excessive force in dealing with her. Police claim Hargrove disobeyed commands and was combative.

"It is relieving," she said. "I should have not had them against me in the first place. I want to thank God for that."

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She said it's been a life-changing and embarrassing experience and recounted how she felt receiving an apology from Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin.

"It was nice," Hargrove said. "I feel like the Lord touched him, and, you know, I was shocked more than anything. But it was a good shocked. He didn't have to do that, and he did. I appreciate that."

She said she plans to continue her physical therapy and push for the police department to add body cameras.


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