When Officer Prejean approached Tarazona to place her under arrest, Mesa moved toward him in what Officer Prejean described as an “aggressive manner.” At least two officers became involved physically with Mesa while detaining him. As a result, Mesa was bleeding and was taken to the hospital for examination. While Mesa was being restrained, Officer Prejean placed his hand on Tarazona’s shoulder near her upper back and neck because he had already used his handcuffs on [another person]. Tarazona perceived the presence of Officer Prejean’s hand as a requirement for her to kneel, and Tarazona knelt down. Tarazona testified that, while she thought this manner of arrest was unusual, Officer Prejean did not force her to the ground or otherwise inflict physical harm upon her. Still, she complains that she was injured by Officer Prejean’s forcing her to watch the other officers beat her husband, Mesa.
January 20, 2018 at 5:58 PM EST