Mic: DA drops charges against Tatyana Hargrove, the black teen girl mistaken for a large, bald man
By Princess-India Alexander
In a press conference on Wednesday, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green announced she is dropping all charges brought against Tatyana Hargrove, who was arrested in a case of mistaken identity on June 18.
Mic previously reported that Hargrove was beaten, bitten by a K9 police and arrested by Bakersfield, California, police officers after they mistook the 19-year-old for a 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound bald black man with a goatee. Hargrove is only 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.
After the confrontation, police arrested Hargrove, charging her with resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer. The Kern County District Attorney’s office recently confirmed in an email that Hargrove’s case is set to be formally dismissed in a hearing set for Thursday.
A month after the initial incident, Hargrove’s story went viral after the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP posted a video of her describing the encounter on their Facebook page. The video now has more than 7.5 million views.
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I have no idea how she was mistaken for a man #1 and for being bald. What has to be done to stop this madness? Comment below