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CBS12 Chico

Police Chief says his officers handled Saturday arrest caught on video 'by the book'

Police Chief says his officers handled Saturday arrest caught on video 'by the book'

A recent confrontation with Chico Police officers has been caught on video and gone viral.

Two Chico State students say they were mistreated.

The Police Chief says his officers handled the situation "by the book."

"The disappointing thing about the whole incident is if Ms. Braham and Ms. Hemphill had stayed in the car and listened to the officer," said Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said.

This video was shot by a student on Saturday morning.

According to Chico Police, they pulled over a car that did not have a working license plate light.

Officer Steve Dyke says the driver of the car, Nicole Braham, got out of the car and refused to get back in.

Dyke says Braham refused three requests to have a seat back into her vehicle and attempted to push past an officer.

“At one point, as you can see in the video,” said Madeline Hemphill, one of the women in the video. “I say 'officer you are on video right now, what has she done wrong?' At that point he points up at me and instructs other officers to arrest me. I am tackled into a bush and arrested for obstructing justice and resisting arrest."

Police say Hemphill’s blood alcohol content was 114.

Hemphill and Braham say they were mistreated by the Chico Police and it was unnecessary.

Braham, the one taken to the ground in the video, says she now fears for her safety.

"I'm afraid for myself, for my community members,” she said. “I can't even step out of my house without thinking that a police officer is going to drive down the street and arrest me, detain me and throw me on the ground."

But Chief O'Brien said the situation could have been avoided.

"Quite frankly none of this would've happened,” he said. “They would've been given a warning and then sent on their way."

Chief O'Brien says he believes what officer Dyke did was right in his actions. The incident is still under investigation.


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