Southern California woman alleges excessive force

Oct 7, 2015 2:12 PM by Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Southern California woman is suing the city of Carlsbad, alleging that police in the San Diego suburb unjustly beat her after she was pulled over for a seat belt violation.

Cindy Hahn's attorneys have released a bystander's video that shows an officer punching her and kneeing her body as another officer struggles to handcuff her on a patch of grass. Hahn is lying on her side, pleading for help before the officer ties her wrists.

The lawsuit was filed in San Diego after prosecutors dropped charges against Hahn for resisting arrest. It seeks unspecified damages from the city and five police officers.

Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci says the lawsuit prohibits him from publicly discussing specifics but that the city is prepared to provide detailed account in court.

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