The police force in Keene, Texas, said Sgt. Gene Geheb followed policy when he allegedly dragged a 77-year-old woman out of her vehicle during a routine traffic stop, after she refused to provide identification.
The victim, identified as Lynn Bedford, was stopped for driving 16 miles over the posted speed limit, according to NBCNews.com.
Video of the arrest, which was caught on the dash cam of the officer’s vehicle, shows the woman telling the officer that she was suffering from a bladder infection and needed to get to a bathroom.
“Just hurry up; I have to go to the bathroom,” she said.
After asking the woman several times for her ID, and her continuous refusal, Sgt. Geheb threatened to take her to jail if she did not comply.
“Well, go ahead,” she said.
He then pulled her out of her vehicle and handcuffed her.
Police Chief Rocky Alberti released a written statement backing the officer’s response: “This incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the City of Keene Administration. All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards to violators not providing identification,” Officer Alberti said.
But the grandmother’s attorney, Clay Graham, said the officer overreacted, and hurt Lynn during the arrest.
“The officer is not very interested in listening to what [Lynn] has to say. She gets a little frustrated, and then he just overwhelms her. That’s what I see. And then it goes from routine stop to ridiculous stop,” he said.
Lynn will not be pressing charges at this time.
Watch the video of the arrest above.
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