Black student arrested for filming officers in Texas, dragged by hair
25-year-old Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin is a criminal justice student at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
As she was standing near a bus stop along Highway 281, she began taking pictures of a police speed trap. Her actions landed her in the back of a squad car.
“I put it on Facebook. I told my friends, ‘This is where our funding is going, straight into hard police work,'” Ikhinmwin told KENS 5. But what happened next shocked the UTSA student, and it was all captured on her cellphone. Click here to see the videos.
“You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop,” Ikhinmwin tells a San Antonio police officer in the video. “I don’t want to hurt you,” the officer responds. “M’aam, you’re going to go to jail, that’s what’s going to happen. You’re already going to jail.”
“OK. I’m recording this. Keep talking.” Within minutes, Ikhinmwin went from waiting for a bus to riding in the back of a squad car.
Ikhinmwin says it all started when an officer told her to remove her bike from a driveway because she was a traffic hazard. She complied, and put the bike and herself inside the curb at the bus stop. A report by the police department confirms her story.
The officer then asked Ikhinwin for ID, saying that she was still a traffic hazard. She says she was dragged by her hair to the squad car and her bike was confiscated.
Ikhinwin says that once she was in the squad car, the officer told her that she would never see any of her belongings if she pressed charges. She did anyway. The police department is standing by the officer’s actions, and say that she disobeyed the officer.
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