TACOMA, Wash. — A Western Washington law firm released video Tuesday showing an officer pulling a 15-year-old girl off her bike in a mall parking lot.
The firm, which announced a suit Tuesday, said Monique Tillman, 15, and her brother Eric were riding their bikes home after eating dinner in the Tacoma Mall area.
They took a shortcut across the Tacoma Mall parking lot on May 24, 2014.
The law firm claims that the siblings were singled out by mall security and stopped by a Tacoma police officer.
The officer, dressed in a Tacoma Police Department uniform and gear, was reportedly off-duty at the time but working at a security guard, according to the lawsuit.
A spokesperson for the Tacoma Police Department tells KIRO 7 the department has no comment about the video nor the lawsuit.
Here’s what the law firm wrote to KIRO 7 News in a release about the incident:
That is when the officer allegedly pulled Monique off her bike. The video shows Monique struggling as she was pushed into a car and then onto the ground.
The officer reportedly used a stun gun on her, and then put her in handcuffs, according to the law firm.
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