COLUMBIA– Three months later, a pair is talking out a few site visitors cease encounter with the Columbia Police Division.
The driving force, Kamal Annoor, and the passenger, Tenacious Jones, mentioned the day nonetheless replays of their heads.
“It nonetheless replays in my head again and again as a result of I used to be frightened on this scenario. Not only for me, however for my woman, I used to be frightened for her. Like I say, nonetheless to this present day, each time I see a police, I do not know,” Annoor mentioned.
CPD launched a neighborhood briefing video and physique cam footage Thursday afternoon, which makes an attempt to appropriate the report concerning the Sept. 2 site visitors cease close to Park Lane and Towne Drive.
After a portion of the cease was captured on cellphone video by Jones and posted on Fb, an inner police division investigation started.
Annoor mentioned the officers initially pulled him over for rushing, working a cease signal and lane violations. The video confirmed an officer telling Annoor to step out of the automotive or he’d “pull him out.” Annoor steps out and is handcuffed.
The officer then mentioned he may see “marijuana shake” -bits and items that break off marijuana buds- within the automobile.
KOMU Eight Information reached out to felony protection legal professional David Smith concerning the site visitors cease. Smith mentioned it is potential officers may have see little bits and items of marijuana within the automotive, nevertheless it’s so small that it actually may have been something.
“In circumstances like that, present the proof that there’s something within the automobile,” Smith mentioned. “However simply to have the ability to say they noticed one thing, crumbs or shake or no matter, it makes it very troublesome to show the officer is telling the reality.”
CoMo for Progress member Rebecca Shaw initially despatched a letter to police Chief Geoff Jones concerning the investigation. Chief Jones responded and mentioned “the investigation wanted coaching” however discovered that there have been no coverage violations in relation to the search of the automotive and no courteous therapy of the couple, each of whom are Black.
Shaw then submitted an enchantment of the investigation with the Residents Police Evaluate Board, which shall be mentioned on the subsequent assembly on Dec. 9.
“I used to be involved concerning the video as a result of we have been having these conversations with CPD for thus lengthy about the best way to construct belief between the Black neighborhood in Columbia and our officers and neighborhood policing, how neighborhood policing is about respect … and in that video … I didn’t see respect,” Shaw mentioned to the Columbia Missourian.
Jones mentioned she’s “desensitized to seeing a Black man getting handcuffed.”
“It is regular once we are Black and getting pulled over by the police, however when he handcuffed me and touched me, I assumed that was a brand new excessive, and I actually thought like ‘Did we do one thing flawed?’ once I knew we did not do something in any respect.”
Neither Annoor or Jones knew something concerning the inner investigation till Thursday, when it was launched to the general public.