A woman’s arrest while jogging across the street was caught on camera by a bystander, and now, people are questioning why the police arrested her in the first place.
The video shows the woman being detained on the ground by Austin, Texas officers while she pleaded with them to let her go. According to reports, the woman was jogging with headphones on when she crossed the street and police witnessed her jaywalking. They yelled at the woman, but because she had headphones on, she didn’t respond, so they grabbed her arm as she passed and she pulled away. That’s when officers put her in handcuffs.
“I was sitting at the Starbucks at 24th and San Antonio,” said Chris Quintero, the bystander who caught the arrest on camera. “Then I hear a cop shout at an innocent girl jogging through West Campus with her headphones on. She repeatedly pleaded with them, saying that she was just exercising and to let her go."
The officers would not let her go, however, and even though she pleaded with them and said she didn’t do anything wrong, they still arrested her, claiming that she failed to identify herself.
“District representatives were working pedestrian enforcement at 24th Street and Guadalupe,” said Austin Police Department spokeswoman. “[In this case], the call is titled failure to identify. I don’t think there’s any initiative going on out there, but [APD officers] can go write tickets whenever they see a problem out there.”
It’s not been said if the woman has been formally charged with anything, but many are outraged that the officers would arrest a seemingly innocent woman for crossing the street.