BAKERSFIELD, Ca. – A woman who lost an excessive force lawsuit against the Bakersfield police in 2017 has now been arrested for spitting a police officer’s food, authorities said.
Tatyana Hargrove, 21, of Bakersfield, was mistaken for a male suspect and was bitten by a police K9. In addition she was hit in the face and thrown to the ground during the ordeal. A formal apology was made by authorities, and the jury found in favor of the city and authorities in October 2019. It was learned that her past behaviors were taken into account during the trial. Several, including an educator who knew Hargrove described her as being someone who caused trouble in school.
On Friday, November 15, 2019, deputies learned that Hargrove had allegedly spit in food ordered by the Bakersfield Police Department while she was at her former McDonald’s job in the 13000 block of Rosedale Highway. McDonald’s management reported the incident after reviewing surveillance video which showed her intentionally tampering with the food served to the officer days earlier on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The surveillance video was provided to deputies who reviewed the footage and subsequently placed Tatyana Hargrove under arrest later that evening. She was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for a violation of a felony, mingling a harmful substance with food.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (661) 322-4040.
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