Black woman who called 911 on officer during traffic stop says she was ‘really afraid’
Earlier this year, Earledreka White called 911 after being pulled over for a traffic stop. She wanted another officer on scene because she felt the officer who pulled her over was harassing her.
“I would like another officer to come out here,” she tells the dispatcher in audio and video released this week of the call and encounter. “My heart is racing. I’m really afraid.”
At one point, the officer grabs White’s arm and twists it behind her back.
“This man is twisting my arm,” she tells the dispatcher. “Please get your hands off of me. What is wrong with you? … Why are you doing this? I haven’t done anything.”
The surveillance video and audio of the incident shows that the officer escalated the situation according to White’s lawyer Zack Fertitta.
“Being pulled over is not the troubling part – what happened after being pulled over is what baffles me,” White told the Houston Chronicle this week. “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.”
Lawyers for White are pressing for the charges of resisting arrest to be dropped. White spent two days in jail.
She was initially pulled over for “crossing a double white line while driving.”
“I’m as pro-law-enforcement as they come, but that’s not good police conduct,” Fertitta said. “You can’t escalate a situation and then claim someone is ‘resisting arrest.’ That’s ridiculous.”
Police officials investigated White’s claim back in April and “found no wrongdoing.” Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers told the Chronicle in a statement the responding officer did “everything reasonable within the law.”