Earledreka White, a social worker in Houston, Texas, was pulled over for a traffic violation this past March and called 911 to request police backup as she was concerned for her safety. After initial police reports say that Ms. White was resisting arrest, video footage shows that the arresting officer may have been the main reason for the confrontation.
White, 28, was pulled over by a Houston officer for crossing the white double lines. She called a 911 dispatcher and can be heard saying that she was feeling afraid of the situation and wanted other officers on the scene. On the video, White is still trying to reason with the dispatcher as she is arrested. In the video, White was never violent nor did she make any moves towards the officer. However, she was standing outside the car based on the footage shown.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
The officer can be heard talking – and at times shouting – but his words are indistinguishable on the 40-minute video released Wednesday to the Houston Chronicle by White’s attorneys. The video was captured by a surveillance camera of a nearby business and combined with the audio recording of White’s 911 call.
The video shows the officer – not White – initiated the altercation without provocation, attorney Zack Fertitta said.
“Being pulled over is not the troubling part – what happened after being pulled over is what baffles me,” White told the Chronicle Wednesday. “As I tell the dispatcher that this man is threatening to ‘tase’ me, he backs away, then comes back and literally tries to break my arm.”
The incident drew comparisons to the arrest of Sandra Bland last year in Waller County after failing to signal a lane change. Bland died three days later in the jail in what has been ruled a suicide.
The Metro PD reviewed White’s complaint back in April and sided with the arresting officer, citing he did nothing wrong and that she was uncooperative.
Just as in the aforementioned Bland case and the matter of Korryn Gaines in Baltimore County, Md., a rising distrust of police officers among Black citizens has been ongoing.
Video footage of Earledreka White’s arrest can be viewed below. A Warning: the images might be disturbing to some.
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