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LAPD officers used ‘violent tactics’ on 2 women during traffic stop over U-Haul mistaken for stolen vehicle, lawsuit claims

Los Angeles (KABC)-Two women are suing the Los Angeles Police Department for a horrifying encounter with a police officer who pulled them for falsely believing they were driving a stolen U-Hall.

A video of a bystander from the February 2020 arrest shows a young woman lying down on a pavement. Eleven LAPD police officers believed that a woman had stolen a U-Haul truck and arrested her with a gun in the middle of the street.

“I thought I’d be shot,” said U-Hall driver Shibani Balsaver.

But Balsaver and Sheerani Sen say they were actually in motion that day and rented a U-Hall for that purpose.

They say the truck was stolen, already recovered, and repeatedly rented before renting.

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“They put their knees on our backs and Shibatani’s neck and handcuffed them,” Sen said.

“It wasn’t until they said they had a U-Hall rental receipt on the truck that they looked for it and started calling their boss,” Balsaber said.

“And when they realized they made a mistake, they let us go,” Sen said.

The two women are represented by a civil rights law firm and are suing LAPD and its officers.

They say police officers used “illegal and violent high-risk tactics” during regular traffic outages-the traffic they say because the previously stolen U-Hall had been restored for a long time. The outage should not have happened.

“There was a policeman there who was joking and laughing and wasn’t at all sensitive to the fact that he thought he would die a few minutes ago,” Balsaber said.

Witness News has contacted the LAPD for comment on the proceedings, but has not yet responded.

Women want the proceedings to make a difference and more training for officers, so they will never happen again.

“The last thing we want is that someone else has to experience this, someone else is exposed to it, and God forbids anything worse from happening.” Sen said.

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