Crime

Woman Sues City After Video Shows Police Punching Her In The Face

| by Reve Fisher
Cindy Hahn being punched by police officerCindy Hahn being punched by police officer

A woman is suing the city of Carlsbad, California, and several police officers due to allegations that officers punched her in the face and falsified police reports during a 2013 arrest.

Cindy Hahn, daughter of a retired officer, said it all began when she asked a police officer what was going on when she saw a car with its doors open and the alarm sounding. The officer told her, "Mind your [expletive] business," according to a police report.

As the officer allegedly continued cursing at her, Hahn decided to start recording the incident and report him to the non-emergency police hotline. Soon after, the officer pulled her over on a reported seat belt violation and arrested her in front of her children.

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Video of the arrest shows an officer punching her face. A backup officer is allegedly shown to be pulling down Hahn's dress as he helps her up.

Hahn said her son still talks about it. “The only thing that he’ll talk to me about is, 'I couldn’t protect you, Mom,'" she told CBS. "'I could’ve. I could’ve got him off you. I could have helped you.'"

In July, the felony charges against Hahn for resisting arrest and battery on a police officer were dropped. Hahn's attorney, Mark Geragos, believes the video was all they needed.

“Never seen a police tactics expert testify that what you need to do is slug a female in the face,” Geragos said.

They want the officers fired and the police department reformed.

Mike Dalton, Hahn's father and a former police officer, believes the lawsuit is justified. "There was no need to punch her in the face when he ran up on the scene," he said. "There was no need to punch her any further. All he did was deliver a lot of punishment that was totally unnecessary."

As part of an official statement, the City of Carlsbad reported that they "are prepared to provide a complete and detailed account of the facts of this incident in a courtroom, not in the media."

“Last time they brought this case in a courtroom, the District Attorney dismissed their case … the DA fired them," Geragos said.

Sources: CBS Los Angeles, NY Daily News, Carlsbad Police Brutality Complaint / Photo credit: NY Daily News