Woman paid $250,000 after CHP threw her to ground
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman has been paid $250,000 in damages after her lawyer says she was thrown to the ground, kicked and hogtied by California Highway Patrol officers on a Los Angeles freeway while she was pregnant.
The Los Angeles Times reports a video from the cruiser’s dashboard was played in court, showing 30-year-old Tamara Gaglione forced to the ground violently after at least one officer approached her with his gun drawn.
She was pulled over in August 2011 for talking on her cell phone.
She was later charged with resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license, but those charges were dropped.
CHP officials declined comment on the suit, but confirmed the officers remain on the force.
Gaglione and her now 9-month-old son have since left Los Angeles.