Earledreka White was pulled over in March in her hometown of Houston and from the very start she felt a threat. After she was pulled over she quickly called 911 herself, asking for police backup because she was afraid of the officer, Gentian Luca, who pulled her over.
"I would like another officer to come out here," she told the dispatcher. "My heart is racing. I'm really afraid." Turns out, her fear was completely justified as she was later cuffed, charged with resisting arrest, and jailed for two days for crossing the double white line while driving.
She later accused the officer of unnecessarily escalating the situation. "Being pulled over is not the troubling part," she told the Houston Chronicle. "What happened after being pulled over is what baffles me. 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."
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County investigated the incident in April and determined the officer had done nothing wrong, but surveillance video released by White's attorneys supports White's terrifying account.
James Douglas, the Houston NAACP president, said that Luca had the right to ask White to exit her vehicle, but escalated the situation by threatening to use his Taser to force her to comply.
White’s lawyer, Zack Fertitta, who agreed to take the case pro bono after watching the video, said charges should be dropped against his client, who is worried that a conviction would wreck her professional licensing. "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."
Hopefully the officer responsible answers for his crime.
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