Police video shows ‘horrifying’ arrest of pregnant woman, ACLU says

By Michael Martinez and Kyung Lah | CNN
Updated 4:26 PM ET, Fri May 29, 2015

barstow pregang woman arrested(CNN)An officer’s body cam video shows what the ACLU alleges was a wrongful arrest and the wrestling to the ground of an eight months pregnant black woman after she got into an argument with a white woman outside a school in Barstow, California.

“I’d say it’s pretty horrifying because the parent is dropping off her second-grade daughter (and) got into altercation with another parent,” Jessica Price, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said of the video, posted online by the group. The women were upset with each over a driving dispute.

“A lot of people are going to look at this and going to say there is some level of racial profiling and bias going on here,” Price said.

The city of Barstow, however, said police acted properly in the January arrest of Charlena Michelle Cooks of Barstow, though a charge of resisting arrest against her was dropped.

“It is apparent that Ms. Cook actively resisted arrest,” the city statement said.

The city also disputed the ACLU’s racial characterization of the incident.

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/us/barstow-california-police-video-pregnant-woman-arrest/

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