Body Camera Video Released in Sacramento Police Incident Involving Pregnant Woman

SACRAMENTO – When Sacramento police supervisors first reviewed the body cam video connected to their raid of Zityrua Abraham’s apartment, the department said nothing seen warranted an internal investigation.

Abraham has now made a citizen’s request for one, and the video has been made public.

One of four clips released shows the moment Abraham says police went too far — a moment she and her neighbors spoke about exclusively the day after it happened — the moment she says she was tossed down on her 7-month pregnant belly in a raid of the wrong house.

Four days into the tenure of a new police chief, the body cam video is now available.

“My first reaction was…” said Abraham, looking down. “I was shocked a little bit and I was just irritated.”

Shocked and irritated because Abraham doesn’t understand why there’s no straight on view of her hitting the ground, since she took down the badge numbers of at least seven officers on scene.

You can only see her on the ground as the image is reflected in the window of her apartment.

On July 9, officers say they were in fresh pursuit of a second suspect tied to a stolen car when they came to Abraham’s home.

They suspect they were chasing was a violent felon.

They spotted Abraham’s mother’s boyfriend — who turned out not to be their man — but at the time they thought he was.

When he ignored their commands, they say Abraham tried to block them.

“At that point one of the officers grabbed the female by the arm. During that time she fell to the ground,” said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein with the Sacramento Police Department.

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