Body cam footage shows moment eight months pregnant black woman is thrown to ground

 

By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Body cam footage captured the shocking moment two police officers forced  pregnant woman to the ground while her hands were behind her back despite the fact that she did not commit a crime. 

Charlena Cooks of Barstow, California was dropping her second grade daughter off at school in January when a traffic incident led to an argument between her and a school employee in the parking lot, leading to the employee calling police.

Once police arrived on the scene however they said there were no charges that could be filed to the employee, and then went to speak with Cooks.

Cooks told the officers that the entire incident had been blown out of proportion, and that the altercation was ‘petty.’

Unlike with the employee, a white woman, the officer cuts off Cooks as she is telling her side of the story and demands identification, something he did not do with the other woman. 

He also says that Cooks has two minutes to give him her name.

At this point, Cooks says she wants to see if she has to give the officer her name, and goes to call her boyfriend and ask. 

Less than 30 seconds pass before the officer, and another cop, grabs Cooks arms and start putting them behind her back. 

The woman, still in the school parking lot, begins loudly screaming that she is pregnant and to let her go.

That is when she is thrown to the ground and cuffed by the men, who then demand she stand up and stop resisting arrest.

It is not illegal in California to withhold identification if an individual has not been charged with a crime.

At this point, Cooks says she wants to see if she has to give the officer her name, and goes to call her boyfriend and ask. 

Less than 30 seconds pass before the officer, and another cop, grabs Cooks arms and start putting them behind her back. 

The woman, still in the school parking lot, begins loudly screaming that she is pregnant and to let her go.

That is when she is thrown to the ground and cuffed by the men, who then demand she stand up and stop resisting arrest.

It is not illegal in California to withhold identification if an individual has not been charged with a crime.

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