Deputy Resigns After Aggressive Traffic Stop With Pregnant Woman

The mother is now speaking out.

A deputy has resigned after a traffic stop involving a pregnant woman.

According to WAFB, on Aug. 19, Ebony Washington, who is four months pregnant and was with her three children, was stopped by police in Bradford County, Florida. Washington described the stop as “terrifying.”

When she heard lights and sirens, Washington didn’t immediately pull over because she was looking for a well-lit area. However, she drove with her hazard lights on and eventually stopped at a gas station. Washington said, “It was dark [and I was] with my kids. I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t want to be able to not have anyone else around.”

Bradford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason DeSue said Washington was driving 75 miles per hour in a 55 mph speed zone. In body cam footage, DeSue is heard saying through the police car’s speakers, “Pull the vehicle over, or I’ll put you into the ground.”

Once at the gas station, DeSue exited the patrol car and pointed a gun toward Washington’s car. The outlet reports DeSue is seen “aggressively take Washington’s arm after he handcuffed her.”

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Washington says in the body cam footage, “I’m trying to tell you the only reason why I didn’t stop. I’m a very educated woman with a master’s degree… I was only not because it’s dark out and I have three kids with me. I’m pregnant, and I did not want them to feel uncomfortable.”

DeSue yelled, “Shut up about the why… Don’t care about the why.”

Washington was issued a speeding ticket and apologized to DeSue.

He responded with, “Apologize for yourself for not thinking.”

Washington told WAFB, she was “obliging [and] corresponding” and “Had I done any type of movement outside of what he asked me to do, that could’ve been the opportunity for him to pull the trigger.”

Jason DeSue has now resigned from the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

See a clip of the traffic stop below from Good Morning America.

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