LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A California woman has been awarded $250,000 in damages after she was thrown to the ground and hogtied by California Highway Patrol officers while she was pregnant.
Officers stopped Tamara Gaglione on the Harbor (110) Freeway near downtown Los Angeles in August 2011 for talking on her cell phone while driving.
KNX 1070′s Brian Ping reports Gaglione, 30, veered into the far left lane before finally pulling over onto the right shoulder. Other news reports indicated noise from other traffic may have interfered with her hearing instructions.
When she got out of the vehicle, Gaglione appeared frightened and confused when confronted at gun point and failed to obey when officers ordered her to turn around several times. A dashboard camera video shows at least one officer drawing his weapon to approach the vehicle.
Gaglione was then knocked to the ground, handcuffed and hogtied, and placed in the back of the patrol car, according to the Los Angeles Times.
She later denied she was resisting arrest, but admitted that she was stunned as officers drew their firearms.
In a CHP report on the incident, officers claimed Gaglione had raised her arms in a threatening manner.
Her attorney, however, argued the officers used excessive force and knew she was pregnant.
Gaglione was later charged with resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license, but those counts were dropped. She and her now nine-month-old son have since moved out of Southern California.
The CHP refused to comment on the case.
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