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Tatyana Hargrove looks down toward the table as attorney Neil Gehlawat speaks during an August 2017 press conference held regarding her arrest. 

A woman who recently lost a lawsuit alleging excessive force by two Bakersfield police officers was arrested Friday on suspicion of tampering with food served to a Bakersfield police officer at a McDonald's.

McDonald’s management reported that while reviewing video, they learned an employee allegedly tampered with food served to a law enforcement officer Tuesday, according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

A Bakersfield Police Department spokesman confirmed it was a BPD officer involved in the incident. 

McDonald's provided the video evidence to the KCSO, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tatyana Hargrove, 21, was arrested after deputies went to the restaurant at 13003 Rosedale Highway, the Sheriff's Office said.

Hargrove was at the center of a high-profile dispute with the BPD in 2017, after two police officers mistook her for a male suspect and she was bitten by a police dog. Hargrove said at the time she had been thrown to the ground and punched in the face by the officers. The officers' accounts differed from Hargrove, providing a less confrontational version of the encounter.

The BPD eventually called the encounter a case of mistaken identity while the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP said it was racially motivated.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin apologized to Hargrove's family after the incident, saying the department would strive to do better.

Hargrove sued the city of Bakersfield in federal court in 2017 alleging excessive force and civil rights violations, seeking punitive and compensatory damages. In October, a jury found in favor of the city and the police officers.

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