Woman Records Events Leading To Her Arrest At Bus Stop
Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin, 25, was waiting for the bus when her day took a turn for the strange.
Ikhinmwin, a criminal justice student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was taking pictures of a police speed trap along Highway 281 while waiting for the bus to go to the grocery store.
“I put it on Facebook. I told my friends, 'This is where our funding is going, straight into hard police work,'" Ikhinmwin told KENS 5.
With her cellphone out she captured what happened next.
According to Ikhinmwin, a police officer approached and told her to move her bike because she was being a traffic hazard.
Ikhinmwin complied with the police officer’s request by placing her bike inside the curb at the bus stop.
But the officer did not let up, and the entire altercation was caught on video via Ikhinmwin’s cellphone.
“What’s the traffic violation? I’m 12 inches from the curb. Am I not 12 inches within the curb?“
“No m’aam. It’s not the curb.”
“OK. What is it?”
“Let me see some ID, please. Let me see some ID.”
Without an explanation, Ikhinmwin continues on with the police officer.
“You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop.”
“I don’t want to hurt you,” the officer responds. “M’aam, you’re going to go to jail, that’s what's going to happen. You’re already going to jail.”
“OK. I’m recording this. Keep talking.”
Before long, Ikhinmwin claims she was dragged by her hair into a squad car, and suffered bruises that kept her out of school for a week.
“I’ve never been so dehumanized in my life,” Ikhinmwin said.
Her bike was confiscated, along with her computer and school books.
While in the squad car, Ikhinmwin was warned that should she press charges against the officer she would never see her belongings again.
Ikhinmwin pressed charges anyway.
Sgt. Javier Salazar says the San Antonio Police Department views the video with a different perspective.
"I think there was somebody there that certainly seemed to be failing to obey the police officer's orders," Salazar said.
Ikhinmwin was cited with failure to obey a police officer and impeding traffic. She arrested on a charge of failure to provide identification to a police officer.
The SAPD believes the video shows the officer giving a lawful order, but is investigating the case as is routine when a complaint is filed.