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Video shows Tampa Police officer dragging Sonja Mimmenger into jail

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Video: RAW VIDEO: Officer drags woman into jail

Surveillance image shows Tampa Officer Scott Van Treese dragging suspect Sonja Mimmenger on the ground to be booked into jail.

Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa Police Officer received no disciplinary action after surveillance video showed him dragging a restrained suspect across the ground to be booked into jail.

An internal affairs report says Officer Scott Van Treese had arrested Sonja Mimmenger back in October for trespassing and cocaine possession. Mimmenger reportedly resisted arrest, and so police used a "Total Appendage Restraint Position" to restrain her arms and legs.

Upon arriving at the jail, surveillance video shows Officer Van Treese remove the suspect from the back of his car and place her stomach-down on the ground nearby.  He then is seen taking off her leg restraints and properly handcuffing her arms behind her back.

Next is when the video becomes controversial. The officer is seen lifting Mimmenger up by her arm as the woman remains limp, making an attempt to stand up on her own. Officer Van Treese seems to make little effort to get Mimmenger to properly stand up, and instead the video shows him dragging her away, with her lower body scraping across the ground.

WATCH: Surveillance video of the dragging

The internal affairs investigation says Mimmenger continued to refuse cooperation and was ultimately taken to the hospital for evaluation, where she allegedly claimed she was faking any medical issue.

The investigation goes on to say that because of Mimmenger's lack of cooperation, Officer Van Treese should have called the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to assist in her transport. 

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The video shows a second man with Officer Van Treese at the time. The IA reports says he was a citizen taking part in a police ride along, and is not a member of law enforcement.

"Officer Van Treese should have used better judgment in managing the uncooperative defendant by gaining the assistance of booking deputies," the report states, thus putting Mimmenger "in unnecessary risk, regardless of the fact that she was uninjured."

However, Van Treese was received no further discipline and the investigation was closed.

Mimmenger has a long criminal history, including 41 previous charges and 15 convictions.

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