NAME: Bernice Hatter
741 Raven St.
San Diego, Ca. 20102
I, Bernice Hatter do solemnly swear that the statement I am about to make is true to the best of my knowledge.
Thursday, December8, 1977
I was washing clothes at a laundromat at the shopping center on the corner of Division and Euclid streets when I witnessed the events recorded below.
I was in the laundromat when the sound of a siren caught my attention. I went to the door and saw a National City Police Department patrol car following a young man on a motorcycle in the shopping center parking lot. I saw the patrol car collide with the young man. As I ran to the scene I witnessed the police officer pulling and yanking on the boy who appeared to be no older than fifteen years of age. The officer seemed to be striking the boy with his hand. The officer threw the boy against the patrol car, handcuffed him and then threw him to the floor of the back seat.
I was the first citizen at the scene and told the officer, "you didn't have to rough the kid up. You didn't have to hit him!" He said, "I did not hit the kid, I hit the bike." The boy broke in with "You did hit me."
The motorcycle was all busted up and there was water or gasoline spread all over. Three other patrol cars arrived and the first officer left with the boy. No ambulance ever arrived and I never heard the officer state that the boy was under arrest or read him his rights. This is how the event took place as best as I can remember.