The unusual arrest of a woman for video recording another arrest

According to a recent article in Arstechnica, a 36 year-old Baltimore woman named Kianga Mwamba claimed that she was tasered and arrested by police for video recording the arrest of another man while she was caught in traffic. She was arrested on the charge of trying to run over two officers, but the charges were eventually dropped. The police deleted the video of the incident, which included the altercation Mwamba had with police, from the cell phone. However, the video was recovered from the woman’s cloud account. The incident, which took place in March, 2014, is now the subject of a lawsuit.

Ironically, the video footage does not show much of the first arrest, that being of a 27 year-old man named Cordell Bruce, who was accused of assaulting a police officer outside a local night club. Mwamba claimed that the man was kicked and beaten by police, something not shown on the footage.

However, the audio of the footage does seem to show an altercation between Mwamba and police officers, who allegedly dragged her out of her car, tasered her, beat her, cuffed her, and cursed her without provocation. She was taken to a holding cell and was later released on bail.

Mwamba is suing the police officers involved in the incident for a number of torts, including assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment. The suit also claims that one of the arresting officers falsified the arrest report. She is seeking $7 million in compensatory and punitive damages from the Baltimore City Police, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and the four arresting officers.

Excessive force by police has been all over the news and in the public consciousness these past few months after numerous high profile killings of unarmed citizens at the hands of police.  This incident occurred months before those tragic deaths but is just another unfortunate incident that police forces have to put behind them to move forward and regain the trust of the citizens that they serve.  If you’ve been arrested recently by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and feel that you were mistreated by officers, please contact us to discuss your case.  We handle all criminal cases from misdemeanors to felony offenses.