HOUSTON, Texas – Newly released video shows a traffic stop turning into a physical altercation between a driver and a police officer in Houston.
Attorneys for the driver released the video this week showing the handcuffing and arrest of Earledreka White, 28. The officer pulled her over for crossing a double white line in March. White, a social worker with a master’s degree in psychology, said the traffic stop quickly escalated, reports the Houston Chronicle.
She called 911 and asked dispatchers for another officer to come to the scene. She said she was “afraid” and that her heart was racing. She said the officer threatened to use a stun gun on her.
He later twisted her arm and pushed her against her car. White said she called 911 because she felt threatened and believed the officer was harassing her.
While her conversation with dispatchers is easy to hear, it’s hard to make out what the officer is saying.
“This man is twisting my arm,” she can be heard saying in the video. “Please get your hands off of me. What is wrong with you? … Why are you doing this? I haven’t done anything.”
White later began sobbing.
White told the newspaper that she had no problem with being pulled over. That her interaction with the officer turned physical upsets her.
“Being pulled over is not the troubling part—what happened after being pulled over is what baffles me,” White said. “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.”
Officials with the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department investigated the incident in April and found no wrongdoing on the part of the officer. They said White was “uncooperative” and that the officer did “everything reasonable within the law.”
White’s attorney, Zach Fertitta, took the case pro bono and called the situation “ridiculous.”
He wants the charges against White dropped and contended that the officer escalated the situation and then turned around and claimed White was resisting arrest. White spent two days in jail.
White’s arrest drew comparisons to the traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of Sandra Bland last year. Bland was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change. She died in jail three days later; her death was ruled a suicide.