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One of the odd things about this incident was that, even though the officer appeared to use excessive force, the lady apparently didn't make a stink about it later. As a matter of fact, even though the whole thing was recorded on the police car video cam, it was a whole year before the incident came to the attention of the Police Chief. At the time of the incident lower level authorities had given the first officer informal discipline and counseling.
Just yesterday (Thursday, 22 Jul 2016) the police Chief apologized saying his "heart was sickened by the arrest". He also pledged a series of administrative investigations. The Chief also said the manner in which the lady was treated was not consistent with the departments expectations.
A second officer(the one that took the lady to the police station) is also in trouble because his car video cam recorded a conversation he had with the speeding suspect. In a calm manner the two talked about race relations, the officer made a statement that people might be afraid of Blacks because of violent tendencies. He admitted that he wasn't sure of that and that he couldn't prove it. His statement was in response to the ladies question "Why are so many people afraid of black people?". The Police Chief said the officers statement indicates a racist mindset. However the Chief said he would defer final judgment of the intent of the officer until after an administrative investigation.
Both officers have now (22 Jul 2016) been taken off of law enforcement duties and an administrative investigation will take place into past conduct. In addition a criminal investigation will take place and the District Attorney will decide if charges will be made.
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