IN California woman has sued Bay Area police for allegedly using excessive force after a portion of her scalp was torn off by a K-9 who tore her ‘a few minutes’ until an officer physically removed her jaw head had to be removed, after a robbery at an Ulta beauty shop.
Talmika Bates, 26, claims she was traumatized by a German shepherd named Marco after it went after her and chewed on her scalp during an arrest of shoplifting on February 10, 2020, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Brentwood Police Officer Ryan Rezentes had to pull Bates’ dog out of his head after not following commands at least twice, according to reports.
The gruesome moment was captured by cameras of officers carrying the body and released by Bates’ lawyers. In the images, Bates can be seen hiding in a field between some bushes before police respond to her screams after they release a K-9 to find her.
After finding her and biting her head, Marco finally lets go and Bates’ was assisted by officers to get out of the bushes. Her skull was partly red because parts of it no longer had scalp and her hair was also cut off.
‘My whole brain is bleeding,’ says a shocked Bates in the graphic video.
Bates, who was 24 at the time of the incident, was paralyzed after robbing about $ 10,000 in cosmetics from an Ulta Beauty Supply store, along with two other women. The suspects fled the scene with the car and jumped out of the car after police chased them and tried to stop them.
The court finds Rezentes and other officers of the incident responsible for not warning Bates of the K-9 who is released to find her in the woods.
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WARNING GRAPH: Marco, the K-9 who tore Talmika Bates’ scalp (photo), had injured her ‘a few minutes’ after she was released by Brentwood police
WARNING GRAPH: Body-cam footage of the incident shows a police dog tearing Talmika Bates’ scalp (left and right) after she was hidden in a bush in an attempt not to be found by police, who arrested her wanted for shoplifting
WARNING GRAPH: Bates said she needed re-surgery after the K9 incident
Brentwood Police Department officer Ryan Rezentes is pictured with Marco, the German Sheppard who apparently refused to listen to commands at least twice before being taken from the victim by Rezentes
Patrick Buelna, one of Bates’ two lawyers along with Adante Pointiner, told the New York Post that the only reaction of the policemen to her client’s cry for help and medical assistance was that she ‘should not have run’.
“Talmika says she still has nightmares of the dog grinning and chewing on her head,” Buelna said.
‘She says she felt she would die that day and really did not believe she would live to tell her story, but is alive and grateful. She had to surgically reattach her scalp to her head. She suffers from severe depression and remains traumatized by the mauling. ‘
“Officers Rezentes and Lou called for Mrs. Bates to stand up, an impossible task, while leaves and branches scratched against her open head wounds,” according to a court document.
‘Finally, Officer Lou helped Mrs. Bates get up and handcuffed her. The officers mocked Mrs Bates for running towards the police, as if it had been bitten on the head and beaten by a cruel dog was a legal and appropriate punishment for her crimes. ‘
Bates ‘defense also accused Rezentes of covering up details of the incident after he wrote in a police report that no reinforcements passed, which Rezentes said made him think about whether or not to physically remove Bates’ dog.
Lawyers said footage showed another officer reassuring Rezentes that he would not shoot the dog while chewing on Bates’ scalp.
“Officer Rezentes failed to mention that Marco was out of control,” the lawsuit states.
Bates said she was traumatized by the incident, and that she often suffers from headaches, anxiety and often remembers the moment the dog slipped her scalp into her sleep.
Bates, along with civil rights lawyer Adante Pointiner, said the only response from police officers to their client’s calls for help and medical assistance was that they ‘should not walk’
After her arrest, Bates was taken to a local hospital, where surgeons stitched her scalp back.
Since the incident two years ago, Bates says she has often suffered from headaches, anxiety and often remembers the moment the dog slipped her scalp into her sleep.
“My whole brain almost fell out,” Bates said KTVU. ‘I must be dead now, not alive, and I’m just grateful.
“I feel ugly,” she added. ‘I’m getting miserable, I’m getting depressed. I’m not happy with myself. I do not even feel well. ‘
Bates pleaded guilty to felony grand theft last year and spent 120 days in jail, court records show. She is on probation for one year. Their refund amount has not yet been refunded, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Meanwhile, Marco, the German Shephard, is still seen on the site of Brentwood Police’s K-9 Unit, described as intelligent, very social and ‘wants you to say hi when you see him occasionally with Officer Rezentes.’
Brentwood police have yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Prior to her arrest, Bates had stolen cosmetics worth an estimated $ 10,000 from an Ulta beauty shop (photo)
After her arrest, stolen cosmetic merchandise was found in the victim’s car
In 2020, Bates and two other women stole beauty products from a local Ulta store in Brentwood, California
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