Today, as part of AATTP’s made-up award winning series “To Protect and Serve,” we bring you this: A terrified mother wrongly pulled over by the police, held at gunpoint and slapped in handcuffs in front of her four children. At least one of whom reacted completely appropriately.
The incident captured by this Fourney, Texas (of course) officer’s dashboard camera depicts an African-America woman named Kametra Barber driving along the highway, minding the speed limit and obeying all traffic laws. Unbeknownst to her, the police following her had decided that her red Nissan matched the description of a beige Toyota they were looking for.
The Toyota’s owner had been reported by a 9-1-1 caller for (surprise, Texas) waving a gun out of the window. Police didn’t catch up with the Toyota, primarily because they were busy ordering the terrified woman out of her vehicle at gunpoint. You can see the remainder of the events in the below video.
The police went to the car to calm the terrified children; which, for them, must have been something akin to a bloody, but gentle, tongue bath from the wolves who just ate their parents.
They released the woman with what we assume was a stern warning not to mess with Texas.
When questioned about the incident later, police said they “reacted appropriately to what they believed was a dangerous situation.” How many times have you heard that one lately? The police defense equivalent of “stand your ground.”
The gun-waving Toyota driver was never found.