The city of Barstow, however, said police acted properly in the January arrest of Charlena Michelle Cooks of Barstow, though a charge of resisting arrest against her was dropped. Cook actively resisted arrest," the city statement said.The city also disputed the ACLU's racial characterization of the incident."Once the department was made aware of the incident, we initiated an internal investigation, and it is ongoing at this time," Lt. That police investigation started on Tuesday, five days after the ACLU posted the video online and issued a news release about the incident and that of another arrest of two brothers who, like Cooks, declined to identify themselves to police.The city agreed to end "stop and identify" arrests and paid a ,000 settlement to the brothers after an ACLU complaint, according to the civil liberties group and the two brothers.'Another outrageous beating' In an interview with CNN, Cooks, 29, said the officers treated her "like an animal, like a monster, like I didn't exist, like I was not human." The video shows separate statements by the two women to police, and each accused the other of being threatening in a dispute about how each was driving in a parking lot. I was just dropping my child off at school for the day," said Cooks, a retail clerk.The women provide dramatically different accounts to the police officer. "I'm trying to move out of Barstow now, like tomorrow. Cooks was dropping off her second-grader at the time.An officer's body cam video shows what the ACLU alleges was a wrongful arrest and the wrestling to the ground of an eight months pregnant black woman after she got into an argument with a white woman outside a school in Barstow, California.
"Constitutionally speaking, she's done nothing wrong," Harper said.Resisting arrest charge dismissed Cooks was charged with resisting arrest, but a judge later dismissed those charges, the ACLU said.