Modern day technology certainly gets a hard press, but whilst there are many negatives to smartphones and social media, there are also a lot of advantages to the devices that we take for granted.
For example, the body camera may feel like an unnecessary gadget for most. But for those in fields of work which require constant contact with people, especially people who are suspected of criminal offenses, they’re vital.
To provide proof of this, you need look no further than the case of Brunswick County Police Department and a woman by the name of Dawn H.W.
On April 27, Dawn was pulled over in Virginia by an officer of Brunswick County Police Department after she was caught doing 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Dawn, who was traveling back home to Greenville, South Carolina, believed that the officer who pulled her over was racially motivated and instantly took to Facebook Live to explain what had just happened to her.
Watch her explain every detail of the “traumatic incident” here…
Dawn claims to have “been threatened” by the police officer in her emotional explanation of the incident.
“We shouldn’t be afraid to drive,” Dawn says through tears whilst addressing “all African-Americans and people of color.”
“I just want to show you what area that I’m in. This is the area I’m in, in the middle of this kind of stuff,” Dawn then continues to say, turning her camera around to show the green fields to the side of the Interstate in Virginia. “This is where I am, so it’s not like I am not afraid because this is where we got lynched.”
“I was literally afraid that he was going to pull me out, impound my car and I’d be Sandra Bland,” Dawn continues, referencing the 2015 death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland who died in a Texas prison three days after being pulled over for a traffic violation.
“Now, do any of my white friends ever feel like that when they get pulled over? Are they afraid that they’re never going to come home to see anybody else?” Dawn continues. “Why do only African-Americans and people of color know what I am going through right now?”
Dawn’s video instantly went viral, which left Bushwick County Police Department with no option but to review their officer’s bodycam to inspect if Dawn’s “traumatic experience” was as she described it.
Here is what they found when they reviewed the footage. Clearly, something doesn’t add up…
As you can see, Dawn’s story is very different to what truly happened that day.
Thankfully the bodycam footage was able to prove exactly what happened and leave everyone in no doubt that the police officer was simply just doing his job.
Speaking of the incident, Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts said: “I don’t know what she has been through and I don’t know her life history, what I worry about is this kind of thing will inflame situations where you see cops in other states have been executed while they were just eating lunch.”
It is certainly a compelling case, although it would appear that most people are unanimously in favor of the officer.
Whose side do you take? Watch both videos to ensure you have the full story on the incident.