Woman in Hair Pulling Incident Files Claim Against SDPD

Hayslett claims she was discriminated against and still suffers neck and back pain as a result of her brief altercation with a police officer two months ago.

Torazzi Hayslett, the woman in the hair pulling incident that involved a San Diego police officer, filed a claim with the city of San Diego on Wednesday.

On Oct. 19, Hayslett saw her home burning down and ran toward a smoldering heap of wood and wires that used to be her garage. Firefighters held her back until Sgt. Daniel McLaughlin got involved.

"I was charged from behind and as I was charged from behind, I had no clue who it was or who was charging on me. I tried to grab the fire truck," Hayslett told 10News.

After her hand was pulled from the fire truck, Hayslette began to swing, and McLaughlin responded aggressively, at one time reaching over her husband between the two to pull her by the hair. The incident was caught on video by Imperial Beach Patch and made news across the country.

Hayslett filed papers Wednesday in San Diego that claim McLaughlin's response outside her home on Ilex Avenue in the Nestor-area was excessive and have resulted in more than $10,000 in damages.

Among 10 accusations made in the claim, Hayslett says she was treated different because of her race and/or gender, assault, false arrest, negligent hiring and negligent supervision on the part of the city of San Diego.

McLaughlin was involved in an altercation with a senior citizen in 2009 that led to the man being awarded damages.

The claim also states that Hayslett, an elementary school teacher, still suffers from neck and back pain after her brief altercation with McLaughlin.

Ed Sorrels December 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
If the officer would have tased her after she ignored his first commands, this farce could have been avoided, If it can still be done she should be charged with interfering with an officer in preformance of his duties, and interferance with firemen in preformance and creating a public disturbance, She should just be happy that she wasn't ! She doesn't deserve a dime, What happened was her own fault !
Michele Fisher December 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
WTF was that why did he attack her?
Notimeforignorance December 21, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Am I the only one who noticed her attacking the cop? She knows full well she saw his face. Yet she continued throwing her hands at him. Why is she acting so damn innocent? Of course she's having nightmares, anxiety and headaches. She's the reason this all happened!
John Galt December 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Michelle, the police officer did not attack he defended himself.
John Galt December 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Hayslett Should be arrested for assault on a police officer. The reason she's only going after $10,000 and not millions of dollars is because she knows she's wrong. She should be ashamed of herself. She should immediately make a public apology and a personal apology to the officer. Total lack of class. I wish the officer a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year's. I also wish Hayslett a cold winter and more loss of sleep. Wrong is wrong.


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