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Woman who lost lawsuit alleging police brutality is accused of tampering with officer’s food

A black teenager who lost a recent lawsuit alleging police brutality was arrested Friday on suspicion of tampering with food served to a cop from the same force.

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, was arrested following an incident at a McDonald’s outlet at 13003 Rosedale Highway in California, Bakersfield Police Department said.

McDonald’s management said they discovered an employee intentionally tampered with food served to a law enforcement officer Tuesday, according to Kern County Sheriff’s Office. 

They had reportedly reviewed video footage of the incident, Bakersfield.com reported.  

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, (pictured), was arrested for allegedly tampering with an officers food at McDonald’s in California. The officer was from the same police department that she had sued after an incident involving two other cops in 2017. She is seen speaking to reporter at that time

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, was arrested following an incident at a McDonald's outlet, (pictured), at 13003 Rosedale Highway in California, Bakersfield Police Department said

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, was arrested following an incident at a McDonald’s outlet, (pictured), at 13003 Rosedale Highway in California, Bakersfield Police Department said

A Bakersfield Police Department spokesman told the outlet that an officer from that police force involved in the incident on November 12.

McDonald’s gave the video evidence to the KCSO and arrested Hargrove at the outlet, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tampering is defined as a case where a person ‘willfully mingles any poison or harmful substance with any food, drink, medicine, or pharmaceutical product.’ 

In July 2017, Hargrove says she was confronted by police at gunpoint, punched in the mouth and bitten by a police dog after she was mistaken for a much larger bald man suspected of threatening people with a machete. 

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, (pictured), was arrested for allegedly tampering with an officers food at McDonald's in California. The officer was from the same police department that she had sued after an incident involving two other cops in 2017

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, (pictured), was arrested for allegedly tampering with an officers food at McDonald’s in California. The officer was from the same police department that she had sued after an incident involving two other cops in 2017

In July 2017, Hargrove says she was confronted by police at gunpoint, punched in the mouth and bitten by a police dog after she was mistaken for a much larger bald man suspected of threatening people with a machete

In July 2017, Hargrove says she was confronted by police at gunpoint, punched in the mouth and bitten by a police dog after she was mistaken for a much larger bald man suspected of threatening people with a machete

Hargrove showed cuts and grazes on her body following the incident

Hargrove showed cuts and grazes on her body following the incident

Hargrove’s account is contained in a video posted on Facebook Monday by the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP, which contends that race played a role in the incident

Hargrove’s account is contained in a video posted on Facebook Monday by the Bakersfield chapter of the The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Hargrove was shown with crutches in the video, and there are close-ups of scratches, bites, bruises and scrapes on her face and body.

Hargrove said she had ridden her bicycle to a local store to buy a Father’s Day gift. But it was closed and she decided to return home, she said.

Temperatures in the Central Valley city had hit around 102 degrees, and Hargrove, who had three bottles of water in a backpack, stopped to take a drink.

Hargove became emotional as she spoke to reporters about being allegedly beaten by officers

Hargove became emotional as she spoke to reporters about being allegedly beaten by officers 

Hargrove was shown with crutches in the video, and there are close-ups of scratches, bites, bruises and scrapes on her face and body

Hargrove was shown with crutches in the video, and there are close-ups of scratches, bites, bruises and scrapes on her face and body

“And then I turned around and there were three cop cars and one of the officers already had a gun drawn at me,” she said.

The confrontation escalated after an officer demanded to search her backpack and she asked if he had a warrant.

Hargrove contends that police grabbed her by the wrist and neck, punched her and threw her to the ground, where she was bitten in the leg by a police dog.

The suspect was described as a 25- to 30-year-old bald man standing about 5-foot-10 and weighing about 170 pounds. Hargrove is 5-foot-2 and weighs 115 pounds, the Bakersfield California reported 

Hargrove later sued the city of Bakersfield in federal court in 2017 after saying police used excessive force and civil rights violations. She had sought punitive and compensatory damages. 

However a jury ruled in favor of the city and the police officers, Bakersfield.com reported. 

She told Bakersfield News: ‘It was just vicious, it changed me very bad, my friends tell me I’m different. ‘

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