[KHTS] – A Valencia woman is suing the city of Carlsbad, alleging Carlsbad Police officers beat her in front of her children.
Cindy Hahn filed a lawsuit against the city of Carlsbad and the CPD officers involved in an incident that occurred on July 31, 2013, according to the lawsuit.
The incident started when Hahn asked officer Kenyatte Valentine why he was standing in front of a vehicle and “doing nothing” while the vehicle’s alarm sounded, according to the complaint. Valentine allegedly responded, “Mind your own f—ing business.”
Hahn said she then complained of the officer’s treatment towards her to a non-emergency police hotline, as she felt she was being intimidated and harassed by Valentine.
Hahn then left the scene of the incident and was followed by Valentine who immediately pulled her over for not wearing a seatbelt, according to the complaint. Within minutes, Hahn found herself being “attacked” by Valentine, while her children watched from the backseat of Hahn’s vehicle.
Hahn was never cited for not wearing a seatbelt, according to the lawsuit.
In August of 2013 a lawsuit was filed against Hahn for battery on a peace officer with injury and resisting arrest, according to the court documents in the lawsuit against Hahn. Two years later, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office dropped the felony charges against Hahn because of cell phone video (shown here) taken during the 2013 incident.
The city of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Police Department, and the Carlsbad City Attorney’s office released this statement in regards to the incident and subsequent lawsuit:
“The City of Carlsbad looks forward to bringing this lawsuit before the proper judicial authorities as soon as possible. We are prepared to provide a complete and detailed account of the facts of this incident in a courtroom, not in the media.”
Ben Meiselas, one of the attorney’s representing Hahn, released this statement:
“The Carlsbad Police Department not only beat and brutalized Ms. Hahn in front of her children causing permanent injuries, they then prepared false police reports causing Ms. Hahn to be criminally prosecuted for felony criminal charges which were completely dismissed when the District Attorney saw the video. Now, rather than apologize and hold the police officers accountable, the Carlsbad Police Department has doubled down, at the expense of taxpayers (even after watching the video), by hiring a private law firm which is claiming the conduct of the police officers was normal and business as usual for Carlsbad Police. This is a police department that needs a complete institutional shakeup so that this tragedy never happens again.”