“Why Would You Do This To A Girl?”
by Jamison Koehler on January 3, 2011
It has to be the random acts of violence – unexpected and without justification — that shock the most. Routine police work is followed by a spasm of violence that changes two peoples’ lives.
According to Injustice Everywhere, 23-year-old Whitney Fox called 911 after the car she was driving hit a retaining wall on a freeway in Dallas. The officers administered field sobriety tests and then, deciding to arrest her, Officer Perez handcuffed her and pushed her back against the wall. Fox objected to the officer putting his hands on her, and the officer warned her that she was “fixing to get hurt.” Fox then twisted away from the officer as he started to lead her back to his cruiser.
“That wasn’t necessary,” Fox told the officer afterward. “Why would you do this to a girl?”
James Holland, the Texas Ranger who investigated the case, testified at the officer’s trial that Perez was trying to prevent Fox from escaping or running into traffic, a claim that is wholly unsupported by the videotape. Fox was never charged with any offense, and the officer was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to six months of probation.
Of all the videotapes I have seen this past year, this one has to be among the most disturbing.