Latina woman says Redondo Beach police targeted her for having dog on pier

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A Latina woman says she was racially profiled and violently arrested by Redondo Beach police for having her service dog with her on the pier, even though other people with animals were left alone.

Luz Maria Flores shared a video from her encounter with police and said officers approached her and her sister while they were eating. (Warning: The video contains obscenity.)

In the video, officers tell Flores she is not allowed to have a dog on the pier. She tells officers her dog, Yare, is a service animal, but she does not have the animal’s paperwork with her. The officers asked for her identification and then told her she was going to be detained, Flores said in an Instagram post. She then begins recording the encounter on her phone.

The video, taken about 7:30 p.m. Friday, starts with Flores asking why she’s being detained. An unidentified officer says, “For having a dog on the pier.” The city’s municipal code does not allow dogs on the Redondo Beach Pier.

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