A Harris County Sheriff's deputy used a stun gun on Sheketha Holman, a disabled African-American woman in a wheelchair, who was filming her daughter being arrested Nov. 16 in Houston (video below).
"They were grabbing her handcuffs and ramming her into the back of the car. I was like, 'Hey! Hey! Don’t do that! She’s pregnant!'" Holman told KHOU outside a courtroom Nov. 22.
Holman recalled that her pregnant daughter’s boyfriend called her from the gas station, and she called 911 while she drove to the scene.
Holman told KTRK that she has been using a wheelchair for two years because of a lower back injury.
When Holman arrived at the gas station, she started filming the cops and her daughter.
"I was taking pictures of them, and then he was like, 'Just leave the property, you’re trespassing. They don’t want you here,'" Holman told KHOU.
Holman said the officer's statement was the first time anyone had actually told her to leave, and she recalled cursing at the deputies.
"I was like, 'I'm trying to leave. I can’t take off running, but I’m trying to leave,'" Holman stated. "'Oh, you’re resisting?' I was like, 'I’m not resisting.' That’s when I had my hands up like this."
Holman insisted that she could not physically follow the deputies' orders to put her hands behind her back.
Holman asserted that she was hit with the stun gun twice -- once in the wheelchair, and a second time while she was handcuffed -- but the sheriff's department denies that a second stun happened, reports KTRK.
"But when I came to, I was like face down or whatever, and my leg was underneath me," Holman told KHOU. "They still was tasing me, man. That’s wrong."
Holman was subsequently charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.
The 36-year-old mom appeared in court to show the judge the video, tell her side of the story and to say that she wants the police disciplined.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deputy Thomas Gilliland said in a statement that the department is investigating its own deputies:
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has an open Internal Affairs incident report. It is currently being investigated by IAD personnel. When the investigation is complete, if any policies and procedure were violated, then disciplinary actions will be implemented. These actions may be suspension and/or termination.
According to Gilliland, Holman’s daughter was charged with criminal mischief after she allegedly broke a police car window, and was charged with another count linked to possession of marijuana.