After cops pulled a gun on a black woman and she posted the video online, Tampa Bay Police have released bodycam footage of their own version of events.
Keep scrolling to see the two videos...
Right now is probably the worst time to be a police officer...
via: GettyAnd members of law enforcement here in America are now hated more than ever before.
Since George Floyd was brutally killed by a police officer last month...
George Floyd and his daughter, Gianna. George was a above all, a father. #fathersday https://t.co/xp9aO5z7mJ— Khaled Beydoun (@Khaled Beydoun)1592781515.0
Police brutality has been apparent for years in our country...
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People have decided to start fighting back amidst the Black Lives Matter movement...
“Rare Footage” . Protest #Video From #Minneapolis against the killing of #GeorgeFloyd .… https://t.co/k6PH0Bi97p— The Voice Of Liberty® (@The Voice Of Liberty®)1590581647.0
It's a difficult situation...Because obviously, not all police officers are in the job to throw around their authority and get away with violence - there are so many officers out there who are in the job to try and make a difference.
And even though many police officers deserve to lose their jobs...
via: GettyThere is also the large population who don't at all deserve to be ridiculed and abused in the way in which they are being at the moment.
Whether that's being verbally abused in the street whilst on duty...
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This is what makes this situation so complicated...
via: GettyIt's difficult to distinguish the police officers who are wanting to do good and make a difference from the ones who are using and abusing their power.
But thanks to the power of technology...
via: GettyVideo footage allows for bad cops to be shamed for their disgraceful behaviour and for others to prove their innocence. And with the most recent footage, we are able to see both perspectives.
The incident occurred in Tampa, Flordia.
via: TwitterJoneshia Wilkerson sat for around five minutes with a gun pointed at her head whilst a cop awaited back-up.
The officer had pulled the car over as it was reported as stolen.
via: TwitterBut whilst she declared herself as unarmed, the cop would still not lower the gun.
The incident was recorded by Joneshia and posted online.
via: TwitterIn the short clip Joneshia can be heard saying "Y'all I got pulled over and this cop is literally pointing a gun at me. He still didn't put his gun down,"
"This is not no stolen car, I know when to return this". Joneshia is a member of the U.S. Army, where she had just returned from deployment. The car she was using, had been lent to her by a friend.
Tampa, Florida. TPD officer pointed a gun aiming directly at the head of a 23 year old unarmed innocent black woma… https://t.co/JssE2dYUaW— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1592799327.0
But in a bid to counteract this, Tampa Bay authorities have also released their version of events.
via: YouTubeSharing the bodycam footage from the officer involved.
The footage was supported by a statement that stated that it was to correct a 'false narrative'.
via: YouTubeTampa Bay Times shared that the statement said: "There is a post circulating on social media, that misrepresents the facts of a recent felony traffic stop of an occupied stolen vehicle."
The video provided is from the officers' shoulder-mounted bodycam and lasts for over 22 minutes.
via: YouTubeThe video shows the officer holding the gun towards Joneshia from a distance whilst urging her and her passenger to keep their hands up.
It later shows her placed in handcuffs in the back of the cop car.
via: YouTubeWhere she was advised of her rights and explained that she was not under arrest.
“Upon completing the investigation, the driver and passenger were released and appeared to understand the explanation provided by the officers," said the news release.
via: YouTubeThe car was impounded but Joneshia and her passengers were not charged.
"I never expected someone like me would be put in this position,"
via: YouTubeSpeaking to NBC News, Joneshia added, “I feel like something needs to happen to the Tampa PD officer who held that gun on me for four minutes. The Tampa PD, they are bullies, and the way they treat people is bad."