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Tucson woman pushed to ground by police in protest speaks out

Fritzi Redgrave speaks out about what happened in the now viral body cam video. (Source: Tucson News Now) Fritzi Redgrave speaks out about what happened in the now viral body cam video. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The woman, who was shoved to the ground by Tucson Police in a recent immigration protest, is speaking out about what happened.

“The whole thing was kind of stunning, cause first you’re up and then you’re down and you’re like whoa,” protester Fritzi Redgrave said.

Police body cam video captured the moment when a TPD Officer put his hand on 78-year-old Fritzi Redgrave’s wrist and pushed her to the pavement.

"He’s a bully. That’s exactly what he was doing. He was totally out of control," Redgrave said. "I don’t look much like a hardened criminal that’s going to come up shooting guns. I’m pretty defenseless."

Redgrave was taking part in an immigration rally in downtown Tucson on Congress Street on Thursday, Feb. 16.

She told Tucson News Now she saw a protester getting arrested in a choke-hold and stepped in to help when she was shoved. Seconds later that same officer is seen grabbing pepper-spray from his belt and spraying the woman trying to get Redgrave up.

“I think its outrage. I think it’s absolutely horrible that you would spray someone that was simply trying to help someone up,” Redgrave said.

Redgrave said she only had minor injuries from the fall. TPD is in the middle of an internal investigation.

Tucson News Now: “There may be some folks out there that say, you were coming towards that officer. You were acting aggressively toward that officer”

Redgrave: “I can say I was stepping towards that officer in order to go around him, however there is no way somebody my size needs to be pushed down to the ground.”

Redgrave said despite what happened, she is not letting this experience take away her trust in law enforcement. She said after she was shoved another officer did come to her aid.

“I’m helping you and he picked up my belongings and gently took me over to the sidewalk. That’s the way good policemen work,” Redgrave said.

Redgrave told Tucson News Now that she plans to continue protesting in the future. She said she'll be joining in with other protesters from the immigration rally to file a civil lawsuit against Tucson Police.

Tucson Police are in the middle of an internal investigation looking into the actions of the police officers. A TPD spokesman told Tucson News Now that the officer in the white shirt has been taken off the streets for a "non-patrol assignment" for the time being.

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