A criminal justice student at the University of Texas at San Antonio was arrested last week while sitting at bus stop and filming police officers operating a speed trap, according to KENS 5.
Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin, 25, had been filming officers pulling cars over along Highway 281 in San Antonio, and posting the videos to Facebook for her friends noting, ‘This is where our funding is going, straight into hard police work.’
Ikhinmwin claims that police referred to her as the “Nigerian nightmare” when booking her into jail.
The incident began when a police officer then approached her telling her to move her bike out of the road and, after she complied by moving inside the curb, he demanded I.D.
When she said no, informed her that he was going to arrest her.
Ikhinmwin, who once an interned at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, filmed the whole incident on her cellphone.
“What’s the traffic violation? I’m 12 inches from the curb. Am I not 12 inches within the curb?” she asked.
After the officer replied, “No m’aam. It’s not the curb.” Ikhinmwin asked, “OK. What is it?”
The police officer then asked for I.D. and Ikhinmwin replied, “No.”
“You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop,” Ikhinmwin tells the police officer in the video.
“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.”
Ikhinmwin said that she was eventually dragged by her hair into a squad car, suffering bruises that would keep her out of school for a week.
Her bike was confiscated, along with her school books and computer.
Police say they view 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,” SAPD Sgt. Javier Salazart explained.
The department said the video shows the officer giving a lawful order.
Ikhinmwin was issued two citations at the scene: failure to obey a police officer and impeding traffic, however she states that she was arrested on a charge of failure to provide identification to a police officer.
“I’ve never been so dehumanized in my life,” Ikhinmwin said.
Watch the video from KENS5 below:
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