a reply to: windword
So in your opinion who escalated the situation first?
Let's go over the facts:
1) Was she pulled over because she was black? No, he would have no idea, he just saw a car roll a stop sign and then change lanes without stopping.
Please note that he was perfectly hospitable to the black motorist he gave a warning to at the very beginning of the video.
2) At 1:18 you can see her car roll the stop sign right in front of an officer. He does a u-turn. Maybe he is not sure his dash cam captured the
violation, so he follows her for only a few seconds from a distance. At 1:50 she makes an illegal lane change. Then when he triggers his lights she
doesn't even signal to pull over. These alone or indicative of an impaired driver.
3) He had to ask her what was wrong immediately even though he was very polite when informing her why he had pulled her over. To me this indicates
that she seemed nervous, irritated or annoyed enough that it came across to the officer.
4) At 4:30 as soon as the officer walks away she lights a cigarette as you can see the hand and head movement and the the apparent smoke.
5) At 8:45 he approaches the car with the warning and when he attempts to get her attention she exclaims "I am waiting on you" when the total time of
the traffic stop has been less than 5 minutes. You can then clearly see he pulls back the clip board and his demeanor changes as it seems he is
deducing something else is going on with this driver. She then accuses him of tailing her, which as we can see from the video is completely false. She
ran a stop sign right in front of him, then made an illegal lane change, then an illegal pull over.
6) She was only getting a warning, yet she is rudely berating the officer about how he is giving her a ticket. He still has yet to say one rude thing
to her or lose his cool.
7) at 9:20 is his request for her to extinguish her cigarette. At this point I think he is fully under the impression that this may be an impaired
driving and she is using the smoke to mask a scent.
8) At 9:30 he tells her to step out of the car, the traffic stop is still ongoing as she has not signed her warning and the officer has not let her
go. She says she doesn't have to step out of the car, clearly not knowing the law that it is legal for the officer, in any state, to ask her to step
from the vehicle. For nearly 20 seconds he tells her to step out of the car, explains he does have the right to do so and that it is a lawful order.
She is under the impression she doesn't have to step out of the car, and continues to argue. He is perfectly reasonable during this process.
9) at 10:05 you can see she starts hitting at the officer...this continues for 10 seconds. He then lets her know she is being placed under arrest. She
exclaims "for what" and the answer, unbeknownst to her is that she has disobeyed a lawful order and has struck a police officer. He then calls for
10) For nearly a minute he asks her to step from the car, and then comes the "drag you out" and "light you up" comments, both of which are uncalled
for, but he is trying to perform his job.
11) From there, pretty much 10:45 on, you have a woman who is disobeying lawful order after lawful order, all the while verbally assaulting an officer
of the law. You can hear that he attempts to cuff her but can't. He makes another request for backup as he needs assistance cuffing her. Did he subdue
her then or taze her? No, he just let her stay uncuffed and at 13:00 explains to her that she was only getting a warning.
12) At 13:10 a female African American officer shows up and has to help him cuff her. The female officer explains to her that she is resisting arrest
and is breaking the law.
13) At 16:00 He explains to the female officer that she kicked him, and female officer points out that you can tell from his clothing that he had been
kicked in the leg.
14) At 16:25 you can hear the female officer explain that she witnessed the driver punch and kick the officer as she was driving up in her squad car.
She even re-enacts what she saw.
15) At 25:00 The officer explains why she has been arrested and goes through the full process.
So to me, you either didn't watch the full video, or are completely ignorant of the law (I am assuming both).
The officer will not be charged with anything as he did nothing wrong legally. Was he rude? I can see how people could think that. However considering
the clip of the previous driver and that he only issued a warning then, I am going to assume this is usually a nice guy, and he had to deal with a
difficult person and he didn't handle it the best way. He did everything right though from a legal and procedural viewpoint, including calling for
backup and waiting for backup to arrive so he didn't have to forcibly subdue a female perp.
I am sorry you disagree with the fact, perhaps you should reflect on your point of view with an honest assessment.