Florida police officer seen on video dragging woman like a dogBy Mason White 5:26 AM February 5, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A Florida police officer has caused a stir after he was seen on video dragging a woman across a parking lot floor.
The office received a letter reprimanding him for his actions, but no disciplinary action was taken against the Tampa police officer.
An internal affairs investigation revealed that officer Scott Van Treese had arrested Sonja Mimmenger, 36, for cocaine possession and burglary.
She resisted arrest, so the officer placed her in “total appendage restraint position” to restrict her arms and legs so she cannot hurt herself.
Once they reached the Hillsborough County Jail, the officer was seen pulling Mimmenger out of the squad car and placing her face down on the floor.
Mimmenger removed the restraints from her legs so she can walk. However, the woman refused to walk on her own.
That’s when Officer Van Treese dragged Mimmenger, whose hands were in handcuffs behind her back, to the police station.
Mimmenger, who has 78 previous encounters with the police, including 40 arrests and 15 convictions, pleaded guilty two weeks later to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to time served.