Auditor: Police use of force OK in woman's arrest

September 17, 2020 - 5:57 pm

The city of Topeka’s independent police auditor has found that two officers didn’t violate excessive force policies while arresting a black woman in a case that angered a local Black Lives Matter group. 

The city announced Thursday that the auditor thoroughly reviewed officer and witness statements and seven police body camera videos before making the determination. At issue is the Aug. 23 arrest of Tamiko Mitchell, who says she was slammed to the ground, leaving her with a fractured nose and eye injuries. 

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A sergeant at the scene had asked her to exit her vehicle six times before she complied and that she met the criteria of resisting arrest.

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