The Latest: Alabama police chief ‘disgusted’ by arrest video

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a videotaped arrest by Alabama police (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

An Alabama police chief says he’s “disgusted” by a video recording showing an officer threatening and cursing a woman during a traffic stop that turned violent.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson commented Wednesday during a news conference in which he released police bodycam video of the arrest of 22-year-old Jhasmynn Sheppard.

Sheppard was suspected of leaving the scene of an accident on Friday. The video shows that an officer began trying to handcuff her less than 10 seconds after requesting her driver’s license. Another officer arrived moments later.

The video shows an officer cursing the woman, threatening to kick out her teeth and saying he could have shot her.

The chief says his officer violated department training throughout the encounter. He says both officers are now on desk duty during disciplinary procedures.


5:55 a.m.

An Alabama police department is investigating a video of an arrest that shows two Tuscaloosa police officers punching and using a baton to hit a woman during a traffic stop.

News outlets report 22-year-old Jhasmynn Sheppard is charged with disarming a police officer, assault and resisting arrest. One officer’s account of the Friday arrest is detailed in court documents filed Tuesday.

The officer says Sheppard was pulled over after leaving the scene of a wreck. He says she was making “furtive” movements and incoherent statements and then resisted arrest.

He says Sheppard was taken to the ground and took his baton. He says another officer arrived and assisted him. He says he suffered minor injuries. Sheppard denies taking the weapon.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the officers’ identities.

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