Where is the justice, you may ask? Even when you are attempting to compliment police officers, your actions can be mistaken.
Just ask Nigerian-born, San Antonio resident Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin, who was sitting at a bus stop with her bike parked nearby. As a former intern at the Bexar County district attorney’s office, she was spending her time filming speed traps – police officers stopping drivers for going too fast.
But this was no attempt to shame the officers. According to KENS 5, she actually posted positive officer news to her friends on Facebook that read:
“This is where our funding is going, straight into hard police work.”
Which makes what happened next so incredibly hard to believe.
Upon being noticed, a police officer approached the bus stop and asked her to move her bike. After she complied, he reportedly demanded to see her I.D.
She was promptly arrested when she refused.
“You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop,” Ikhinmwin tells the San Antonio police officer in the video.
“I don’t want to hurt you,” the officer responds. “Ma’am, you’re going to go to jail, that’s what’s going to happen. You’re already going to jail.”
In spite of the video, which appears to back up the student’s claim, police offered a different take.
The 25-year-old University of Texas at San Antonio student claims that police referred to her as “Nigerian nightmare” as she was booked. She 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 – a charge that Ikhinmwin said took the police four hours to come up with at the station, , according to KNEW5.
“I think there was somebody there that certainly seemed to be failing to obey the police officer’s orders,” SAPD Sgt. Javier Salazart explained in the report.
Read more at KENS 5.