Prosecutors are reviewing accusations by a Baltimore woman who says she was doing nothing wrong when police used a stun gun on her, slammed her to the ground and called her a derogatory name.
Kianga Mwamba, 36, said she was driving home last March when she saw a man in handcuffs on the ground. She pulled out her cellphone and began recording.
In the video, which came to light Monday, several officers can be heard yelling at Mwamba to park her car. She then asks how she can do that with police blocking her. Soon after Mwamba can be heard screaming, “Why would you do that?” ”He’s burning me,” and “What did I do?”
A man who Mwamba said was a police officer is then heard calling Mwamba a derogatory name and saying that she had tried to run over an officer.
Police arrested Mwamba on two charges of assault on an officer. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.
“Police, you are supposed to be able to trust them and I didn’t do nothing wrong,” Mwamba told WJZ-TV, (http://cbsloc.al/1zA0lM0 )
She said she wants the officer who used a stun gun on her to be charged “and I want him to understand what he did to me was wrong.”
Baltimore police said in a statement that “the video does not capture enough information to draw a definitive conclusion about what transpired.”
“What is clear is that the language used is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the statement said.
In charging documents filed against Mwamba at the time, an officer wrote that Mwamba hit the gas pedal and struck an officer, and that he yelled for her to stop. He said he asked Mwamba to get out of her car, “but she refused and held tight to the steering wheel.”
Mwamba’s attorney, Joshua Insley, said those statements aren’t reflected in the video.
On top of that, Mwamba said police deleted the video but that her daughter was able to retrieve it from a backup device.
“If this video was not able to be preserved, she could have been in prison right now,” Insley said.