A white Oklahoma woman was charged after resisting arrest after she was pulled over for a broken tail light.
Debra Hamil, a 65-year-old from Guthrie, Oklahoma was caught in body cam footage refusing to sign a $80 ticket and attempting to negotiate a lesser penalty during a traffic stop in Cashion, Oklahoma. “So you don’t even give a warning for something like this?” Hamil asked the officer.
The officer responded: “I’m not going to give you a warning for something you’ve been driving around for six months with.”
Hamil refused to sign her ticket, saying she did not deserve to pay $80 for “something that is fixable.” After she refused to sign the ticket, the officer ordered Hill to step out of her vehicle because she was being placed under arrest. “No, I’m not,” she countered.
“Step out, I’ve given you a lawful order, step out,” the officer told Hamil. She responded, “No.” The officer continued to command Hamil to exit her vehicle, but she continued to refuse.
Hamil then appeared to move her car, prompting the officer to yell, “Do not take off!” She responded by switching her tactics. “Oh shut up and give me that and I’ll sign it,” Hamil said. The officer responded that they were “beyond that.”
Instead of exiting her car, Hamil attempted to flee in her pickup truck and led the officer on a brief chase. Hamil pulled over in a parking lot, prompting the officer to approach her with his service weapon drawn. “Get out of the car! Get out of the car!” the officer is heard yelling.
Footage from the officer’s body camera shows Hamil kicking him as he attempted to handcuff her. The officer used his stun gun after she refused to put her hands behind her back and tried to get up.
“I will stand up,” Hamil told the officer after being stunned. The officer warned her that he would deploy his stun gun again. Hamil is then heard crying as he puts her in handcuffs.
“Do you realize you got yourself in a whole lot more trouble,” the officer tells Hamil. She then claimed she did not try to avoid arrest. The officer kindly asked Hamil if she was hurt or in pain. He told her an ambulance was en route. The 65-year-old refused medical attention, but officials took her to an emergency room for an assessment, KOCO reported.
While in custody, Hamil attempted to explain to the officer why she attacked him. “Yeah, I did try to kick you because I’m a country girl,” she said. “Because I did not like being thrown on the ground.”
The Kingfisher County District Attorney’s Office said that it accepted charges against Hamil. She was charged with one felony assault on a police officer and one misdemeanor for resisting arrest. Kingfisher County records reveal that Hamil pleaded not guilty to both charges on July 17, the Associated Press reported. Records did not indicate whether Hamil has an attorney.
If found guilty of felony assault and battery against a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma, Hamil could face up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500.
While the video of Hamil’s arrest was released through the Open Records Act, the Cashion Police Department would not comment on the case to NBC News.
“This policy is based upon fundamental fairness and the pursuit of justice so that the matters can be resolved in the court forum instead of in the forum of public opinion,” the police department.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, white people (23 percent) were more likely than Black people (20 percent) or Latinx people (17 percent) to have contact with police in 2015. The report found that Black people (9.8 percent) were more likely to be pulled over as the driver in a traffic stop than white people (8.6 percent) and Latinx people (7.6 percent).
The agency’s report found that police were equally likely to initiate contact with Black people and white people (11 percent each) but less likely to initiate contact with Latinx people (9 percent). However, when police initiated contact, Black people (5.2 percent) and Latinx people (5.1 percent) were more likely to experience the threat or use of physical force than whites (2.4 percent).
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