A woman lodged a complaint against the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, alleging that a deputy used excessive force when he yanked her out of her car, pulling her hair and arm, during a traffic stop last week in the Lakeside area of San Diego County.
“It was uncalled for, it was abuse of power, [and] it was racially [motivated],” Shynita Phillips Abu, who is Black, said during a news conference outside the department’s headquarters in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego.
Surrounded by two dozen activists and community members, she held braids she said the deputy had pulled out of her scalp and showed bruises on her arm that she said stemmed from the encounter Thursday.
“We are aware of the allegations and are looking into the matter,” Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ricardo Lopez said. The deputy remained assigned to the sheriff’s Lakeside substation as of Monday.