'Justice for Tatyana': Ralliers call for changes with Bakersfield police

Tatyana Hargrove sits on the stage as speakers shout their rallying cries Thursday night, July 13, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. Hargrove and the Bakersfield NAACP are making claims of excessive force involving the Bakersfield Police Department. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Chants of "Justice for Tatyana" and "No justice, no peace" rang out from the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield Thursday evening as about 100 people gathered to rally for Tatyana Hargrove.

Hargrove claims to be a victim of police brutality at the hands of Bakersfield officers. She was taken to a hospital for injuries sustained when officers stopped her because she matched a suspect description.

While she wasn't the suspect they were looking for, officers still arrested Hargrove for resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

The 19-year-old black woman has garnered a lot of attention since sharing her side of the story in a Facebook video that now has more than 5 million views.

During the rally about a dozen people strode to the podium and spoke about what they think should be done. Those at the rally are calling for the charges against Hargrove to be dropped and for the officers involved to be relieved of duty.

The Police Department did launch an internal investigation.

However, those at the rally said that isn't enough and toted signs displaying a wide variety of messages about police accountability.

NAACP Bakersfield produced the now-viral video and arranged the rally.

Chapter President Patrick Jackson gave out the phone numbers for both the Kern County district attorney and Bakersfield mayor. He urged people to call 10 times a day until the charges are dropped.

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