BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. — After an accusation of racism during a Virginia traffic stop went viral, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has released a full, uninterrupted body cam video of the incident, WTVR reports.
Behind the wheel of her car and live on Facebook, Dawn Hilton-Williams described a traffic stop on Route 58 westbound in rural Brunswick County.
“I was just bullied by a racist cop, who threatened to pull me out of the car,” said Hilton-Williams in the 11-minute long Facebook video.
“This is where we got lynched. This is where we got lynched, even in today’s day.”
Dawn Hilton-Williams accused a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sergeant of racism after she was ordered to sign a summons asking her to appear in court or pre-pay a traffic ticket. The officer said he clocked her going 70 mph in a stretch of rural Route 58 in Virginia that has a 55 mph limit, Fox News reports.
“It doesn’t matter how polite you are, it’s all sick, crazy bullying and the police are ridiculous,” Hilton-Williams says in the 11-minute video, at times wiping tears from her face and speaking in a frightened tone.
In the video, Hilton-Williams said she feared for her life.
Here’s her video:
“You didn’t give me a warning, you gave me an actual ticket?” she asks the officer.
“Yeah, no warnings today ma’am,” he responds.
The exchange then gets testier as Hilton-Williams refuses to sign the summons.
“What you are signing here is a promise to come to court or a promise to pre-pay. It’s not an admission of guilt. It’s only a promise to me that you’re gonna get it taken care of by either coming to court or pre-paying it,” the officer is heard telling her. “If you refuse to sign the summons, at this point, I’m going to have to get you outside of this car, I’m going to place under arrest and take you in front of a magistrate. I will get your vehicle towed and go from there.”
Hilton-Williams then interrupts the officer and says someone is on her phone.
“You do not have a choice but to sign this summons,” he says, brushing off the apparent distraction. “So once again you’re signing right there so thank you, I knew you were going to sign it. Thank you very much.”
But in video footage released Monday by the sheriff’s office, when confronted with the summons – Hilton-Williams immediately starts questioning the officer where there are signs that say the area has a 55mph limit.
Hilton-Williams, after signing the paperwork, then drove off and took to Facebook Live to blast the officer.
“I have had a traumatic experience and I want the people who are not African-American who know me to really get where we are coming from,” she says. “When I saw the police pull up behind me, the state trooper, I was immediately afraid.”
“This is the area I’m in,” she said, panning the camera around to show the rural roadway. “In the middle of, this kind of stuff. This is where I am, so it’s not like I’m not afraid, because this is where we got lynched.”
She added: “Do any of my white friends…feel like that when they get pulled over?…Are they afraid that they are never going to come home or see anybody else because police are at the door saying [I’m going] to pull you out of the car? Why do only African Americans and people of color know what I’m going through right now?”
“We’ve had dash cams for 10 years and body cams on our persons for about three or four. It’s to protect the public and our agency. This is a fine example. This entire incident was recorded on a body camera and it’s all lies,” said Sheriff Roberts.
Funny, I saw absolutely no racism.
She was speeding and she got a ticket.
The officer was very respectful and was just doing his job.
This is the result of having a cop hating, racist president for 8 years named Barack Hussein Obama- a Muslim.