Auditor: Police use of force OK in Black woman's arrest
September 18, 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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, WIBW reports.
The auditor's report said that Mitchell's license had been suspended and she had warrants for her arrest when she was pulled over on suspicion of running a red light. The report said a sergeant at the scene asked her to exit her vehicle six times before she complied and that she Mitchell met the criteria of resisting arrest. Mitchell says she was getting out slowly due to medical reasons.
The auditor, however, did raise concerns about profanity used by an officer during the arrest.
City spokesperson Molly Hadfield said the city won't release the police body cam video, until the criminal proceedings against Mitchell are concluded.