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Black Woman Calls 911 On Cop Over Traffic Stop (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Officer Gentian Luca and Earledreka WhiteOfficer Gentian Luca and Earledreka White

Newly released surveillance video (below) shows a black woman, Earledreka White, calling 911 on a police officer, Gentian Luca, during a traffic stop in Houston on March 31.

White's lawyers synced a local business' surveillance video with audio from White's 911 call, notes the Houston Chronicle.

White, a social worker, told the 911 operator: "He raised his voice at me and threatened to arrest me. So I'm really confused. And I would like another officer to come out here. My heart is racing. I'm really afraid."

Later during the call, Luca grabs White and handcuffs her, prompting her to tell the 911 dispatcher: "This man is twisting my arm. Oh my God. This man is about to Tase me."

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White, who was pulled over for allegedly crossing a double white line, was charged with resisting arrest and spent two days in jail, which some have compared to the traffic arrest of Sandra Bland in Waller County, Texas, in 2015. Bland died in custody.

White told the Houston Chronicle: "Being pulled over is not the troubling part -- 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."

Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers countered: "She was uncooperative, but he did everything reasonable within the law. He explained what was going on, what the violation was and that he was focused on her safety, as well as his."

The Harris County District Attorney's Office is going over the case against White and allegations raised by White's lawyers who are demanding the charges be dropped.

White said that a conviction for the misdemeanor charge could have a negative effect on her professional counseling license.

"She was just that upset, she just wasn't listening at that point," Bumpers said. "The lesson learned was that we could have been more patient and waited until someone got there who she might have been more comfortable with."

"If you don't feel comfortable or feel that you've been mistreated, you can always file a report later," Bumpers added.

It's not clear how waiting until later to file a report would ensure someone's safety in the present, which is what White was concerned about.

White told The Final Call: "My mother is a corrections officer who taught me how to respond to authority when pulled over, but none of it seemed to keep Officer Luca from harassing me."

According to White, more officers did come to the scene, and she made an effort to explain the situation, but they worked together to decide what crime to charge her with.

White also questioned the resisting arrest charge in regard to people's normal responses:

"Who wouldn’t be distraught after being thrown to the ground and having handcuffs placed so tightly around my wrist? It left scars? It’s like they use our natural responses to their unjust treatment to justify charging us with resisting arrest. So now you’re going to jail for something other than what you were pulled over for.

"They tell us as citizens we have these rights when it comes to traffic stops, but when we try and exercise them, the cops get angry. I drove slowly with my hazards lights on until I arrived at a place that had visible surveillance cameras and witnesses. I dialed 911 just so they could hear the conversation, but this angered him. If he wasn’t up to no good, then my actions should not have bothered him."

Sources: Houston Chronicle, The Final Call / Photo credit: YouTube

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