Video: Officer shoves pregnant woman to ground in raid of wrong house

Posted at 7:50 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 07:50:27-04

SACRAMENTO, CA (KTXL/CNN) - A police officer is accused of throwing a pregnant woman to the ground.

Body camera footage from the July incident was released on Thursday.

Zityrua Abraham says Sacramento Police went too far when they tossed her down on her seven-month pregnant belly in a raid of the wrong house.

Four days into the tenure of a new police chief, the bodycam video that was requested a month ago has been released.

"My first reaction was, I was shocked a little bit. I was just irritated," Abraham said after seeing the bodycam video.

She's shocked and irritated because she doesn't understand why there's no straight on view of her hitting the ground when she took down the badge numbers of at least seven officers on scene.

You can only see her on the ground as the image is reflected in the window of her apartment.

On July 9, officers say they were in fresh pursuit of a second suspect tied to a stolen car, a suspect who was a violent felon, when they came to Abraham's home.

They spotted Abraham's mother's boyfriend, who turned out to not be their man, but at the time, they thought he was.

When he ignored their commands, they say Abraham tried to block them.

"At that point, one of the officers grabbed a female by the arm, moved the female to the left. During that time, she fell to the ground," Sgt. Bruce Heinlein said.

"I have a baby in my stomach. I'm not fixing to just fall or exaggeratedly fall," Abraham said.

As to whether the actions were appropriate, Heinlein said, "So I'm not going to go into what I think. I think that's part of the ongoing administrative investigation that's going on. You know, this was an unfortunate incident that occurred during a very fluid situation."

"I have a 1-year-old. We weren't doing nothing by minding our own business that day. I knew they'd try to justify this whole thing. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. And that was wrong what they did, all the way around," Abraham said.

None of the officers involved in the incident were placed on leave.

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