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Charges filed against McDonald's employee who allegedly tampered with BPD officer's food

Posted: 3:32 PM, Dec 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 11:18:24-05
Tatyana Hargrove

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County District Attorney's Office officially filed charges against a McDonald's employee who was allegedly caught on camera tampering with the food of a Bakersfield police officer on November 12.

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, faces a felony charge for attempted food tampering and a misdemeanor charge of battery.

The DA's Office claimed Hargrove was seen on videotape rubbing a hamburger on the floor and spitting on it before serving it to the officer. Hargrove was arrested by the Kern County Sheriff's Office that evening.

Court documents show that back in 2017 Hargrove accused two Bakersfield Police Officers of using excessive force against her when they mistook her for an armed man with a machete. While the officers attempted to detain Hargrove, a K-9 unit bit Hargrove, shown in pictures released by the NAACP's Bakersfield chapter.

In October, a district court ruled in favor of the officers, finding that they were not negligent, did not use excessive force, or wrongfully detain Hargrove.

NAACP Bakersfield Chapter President Patrick Jackson, who was outspoken during the excessive force case, said the organization does not condone her alleged actions on November 12 , but still supports Hargrove.

Hargrove is due in court on December 18 for felony arraignment.

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