Woman Hogtied and Kicked By CHP Officers While Pregnant Paid $250K in Damages
In August 2011, Tamara Gaglione was pulled over on the Harbor Freeway by officers with the California Highway Patrol because she was talking on her cellphone. Instead of a calm exchange and a ticket issued, however, Gaglione ended up tossed to the ground, kicked, and hogtied, even after she'd told officers she was pregnant. Now Gaglione has been awarded $250,000 in damages for the violent incident.
Gaglione's traffic stop and arrest were captured on video via a camera mounted on the dashboard of the CHP vehicle, according to the L.A. Times. The video shows Gaglione pulling over to the shoulder, and being ordered out of the car. The footage shows Gaglione as she "stands and stares at the patrolmen, appearing confused."
In their report, officers say Gaglione "appeared to raise her arms in a menacing manner." The L.A. Times describes the ensuing action as seen in the video:
Guns drawn, the officers approach the driver, and one of the patrolmen sweeps away her legs with a kick and pushes her face-first to the asphalt. Another officer then presses his knee into the woman's back and pins her to the ground. At another point, it appears the woman is kicked in her left ribs. Eventually she is hogtied and placed in a squad car.
The CHP have not commented on the $250,000 awarded to Gaglione. Both arresting officers involved in the Gaglione incident remain on the force. Gaglione has since moved away from Los Angeles and is the mother of a 9-month-old son.