Crime Arrest of Black woman who recorded police detaining son in Florida is not overturned
Video Shows Police Officer Telling Dispatch, 'After a Short Struggle, She Has Been Detained,' Then Breaking Grandmother's Arm
The woman's attorney said she felt "shock" and "disgust" when she heard the officers discussing the arrest later at the booking office.The woman, Karen Garner, a grandmother of nine, who suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia, can be seen sitting in a holding cell as two of the officers present during her arrest watch and comment on bodycam footage filmed during the incident.
The 2009 arrest of a Black woman who recorded an interaction between police and her son was upheld Wednesday in a Florida court of appeal.
Tasha Ford had filmed officers detaining her son, who was a teenager at the time, after he was accused of sneaking into a movie theater, thereported.
The appeals court in Palm Beach County voted 2-1 in favor of upholding the arrest.
“In short, she obstructed their investigation and processing of her son’s detention — a lawful execution of their duty,” the judges wrote, according to the newspaper.
Ford hoped she could ensure police would be “honest” if she recorded the interaction on a digital camera, she said in her testimony.
'Ready for the pop?': Colorado police officer joked about excessive force used in arrest of elderly woman, video shows
The attorney representing Karen Garner and her family released a video Monday of Colorado police officers joking about her injuries after her arrest.Video released Monday by Garner's attorney shows Officer Austin Hopp knew the case would be reviewed by "Blue Team," the department's system of keeping track of certain reports, including uses of force and threats of force during arrests.
“Well, as you know, I’m Black,” Ford said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “And in our community there are a lot of things that take place. And I don’t want to be a victim of those things. I thought if I had the camera, everyone would be honest and truthful.”
The appeals court’s decision comes less than a year after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death garnered widespread attention through a video that was recorded at the scene by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier.
Protests against police brutality and racial injustice have swept the United States and beyond in response to repeated incidents involving police.
Black Lives Matter protesters in Iowa found a calling last summer — and faced consequences .
Activists described unexpectedly finding a calling. People who had never attended a City Council meeting are now running for a seat. But they’ve also faced consequences. Dozens were arrested, and several are still awaiting trial, some on felony charges that could result in yearslong prison sentences. Some said they were denied housing and jobs when employers and landlords found out about their arrests, while others have been under house arrest for months waiting for trial.