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UC Davis Police Department investigating use of force in campus arrest

The UC Davis Police Department is investigating a use-of-force incident following the Monday arrest of a woman on campus.

The arrest, which was referred to as “an unfortunate incident” by department police Chief Joe Farrow in a statement, occurred in the Memorial Union bookstore following reports of a theft.

A video of the arrest was originally posted on Twitter. In his statement, Farrow said “this video can be disturbing to some and is the type of event that is very unusual on campus.”

Responding officers at the bookstore made contact with Jennifer Michelle Cedeno-Ornelas, 19, who Farrow said became agitated and was taken into custody “for her safety and the safety of others.”

As the officers and Cedeno-Ornelas began to struggle, she was put on the ground and handcuffed, Farrow said.

After walking her out of the building, Cedeno-Ornelas resisted and kicked an officer in the chest, Farrow said. She was then put in a restraining device, he said.

She was taken to Sutter Davis Hospital, where she was medically cleared before being booked into the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of burglary, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, according to Farrow.

“The UCDPD is sympathetic to this individual, who is not affiliated with the university,” Farrow said. “While she was clearly upset at her circumstances, she was not deemed to be suffering from a mental crisis and was deemed mentally able to care for herself.”

Farrow said the police department will be launching an internal investigation into the incident.

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