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Calif. woman sues city after being punched in face by cop

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Monday, October 5, 2015, 3:20 AM

A 40-year-old mother is suing the city of Carlsbad, Calif., believing one of its police officers was out-of-line punching her in the face during a 2013 arrest, court records show.

A video from Cindy Hahn’s most “horrific day,” appears to show a Carlsbad cop slugging the screaming woman in front of her children, ages 7 and 11, as he and another cop struggled to pin her to the ground.

“I can feel hands on me. It’s the weirdest feeling,” Hahn told KCAL-TV of her July 31 encounter with law enforcement.

The take-down all began when Hahn left a birthday party and encountered police officers flashing their cruiser lights next to a car blasting an alarm, she detailed in documents.

“He says, ‘Is this your car?’ And I said, ‘No, sir.’ And he says, ‘Then mind your own f—ing business,’ Hahn told the TV station.

Her next reaction was to complain on a non-emergency police hotline. He pulled her over moments later on an alleged seatbelt violation and arrested Hahn as her children watched.

A video of Cindy Hahn's arrest shows a police officer raising a closed fist to punch her.GeragosTube via YouTube

A video of Cindy Hahn’s arrest shows a police officer raising a closed fist to punch her.

The video also shows Cindy Hahn screaming as two officers held her down during the 2013 arrest witnessed by her two children.GeragosTube via YouTube

The video also shows Cindy Hahn screaming as two officers held her down during the 2013 arrest witnessed by her two children.

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  • Cindy Hahn of Valencia, California, claims that she was punched and pinned to the ground by cops in front of her children on July 31, 2013, as seen in this video, "Unarmed Mother Cindy Hahn Brutally Attacked by Multiple Carlsbad Police Officers."
  • Cindy Hahn of Valencia, California, claims that she was punched and pinned to the ground by cops in front of her children on July 31, 2013, as seen in this video, "Unarmed Mother Cindy Hahn Brutally Attacked by Multiple Carlsbad Police Officers." In this shot, the cop grabs her by the hair.

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Video of the arrest shows a cop punching Hahn’s face with a closed fist as she repeatedly cries out “help me.”

She claims in court documents to be suffering from permanent memory loss and brain trauma from the ordeal.

Moments later, a second officer masked by a motorcycle helmet is shown hiking down Hahn’s pink dress while helping her up.

The video’s release apparently led to charges of resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer against Hahn to be dropped, but the violent confrontation and falsification of police reports still merits a lawsuit, she believes.

Hahn’s father, a former police officer, believes the lawsuit is justified.

Cindy Hahn, of Valencia, Calif., claims she was punched in the face by a police officer during a July 31, 2013 arrest.CBS Los Angeles

“There was no need to punch her in the face,” Mike Dalton said.

Carlsbad officials said they are looking “forward to bringing this lawsuit before the proper judicial authorities as soon as possible.”

“We are prepared to provide a complete and detailed account of the facts of this incident in a courtroom, not in the media,” a statement provided to local reports.

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