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Woman claims lynching, ‘bullying by racist cop’ during traffic stop, body camera shows very different story

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Police in Virginia have released the full body camera footage from a traffic stop that disproves a woman’s claim of a modern ‘lynching.’

During a Facebook Live video that Dawn Hilton-Williams filmed following the traffic stop, she claimed that she, “was just bullied by a racist cop, who threatened to pull me out of the car.” She continued, “This is where we got lynched. This is where we got lynched, even in today’s day.”

“I was just bullied by a racist cop, who threatened to pull me out of the car,” said Hilton-Williams also said in the video.

However, body camera of the incident shows a very different interaction than what Hilton-Williams described. Both the Facebook Live video from Hilton-Williams and the Body Camera footage recorded by the deputy, as well as the transcript are below:

The Facebook Live Video:

And here’s what actually happened:

Full Transcript (Credit: WTVR):

Hilton-Williams: “Can I ask what you what you pulled me over for?”
Deputy: “The reason why I stopped you is I clocked you at 70. The speed limit here is 55.”
Hilton-Williams: “There’s no sign.”
Deputy: Alright ma’am, what I have here for you is a traffic summons for Brunswick County General…
Hilton-Williams: It’s a traffic summons.
Deputy: Yes, for Brunswick County General District traffic court. Your court date is going to be June the 6th at 10:30 for a 70 in a 55 mile per hour zone.
Hilton-Williams: Where is the sign that says it’s 55 mile per hour?
Deputy: Numerous places.
Hilton-Williams: Numerous places where? I mean between the gas station I just came from and right here?
Deputy: I mean numerous numerous places back that way. You are more than welcome to go back there and look at them, take pictures of them or whatever you want to do.
Hilton-Williams: So you didn’t give me a warning? You gave me an actual ticket?
Deputy: No warnings today ma’am.
Hilton-Williams: Wow.
Deputy: So your court date will be June the 6th at 10:30 for speeding 70 in a 55. You have the option to prepay this. I’m going to give you a phone number, plus a website that has our courthouse information. If you contact our courts they will tell you what the fine is, answer any one of your questions and if you decide to prepay it, you do not have to come to court.
Hilton-Williams: I will not be paying this ticket.
Deputy: If you don’t want to prepay it, you’ll have to come to court on June 6th at 10:30.
Hilton-Williams: I’ll hire an attorney.
Deputy: I need you to sign right here.
Hilton-Williams: I’m not going to sign that ticket.
Deputy: Uhh ma’am, okay.
Hilton-Williams: I don’t have to sign it.
Deputy: So ma’am.
Hilton-Williams: But I appreciate it.
Deputy: Hold on… So, what you are signing here is a promise to either come to court or promise to prepay. It is not an admission of guilt. It’s only a promise to me that you’re going to get it taken care of by either coming to court or prepaying it. If you refuse to sign the summons at this point, I’m gonna have to get you out of the side of the police car, place you under arrest and take you in front of a magistrate. I will get your vehicle towed and go from there. So, yes ma’am you do not have a choice…
Hilton-Williams: My cousin is on the phone.
Deputy: I don’t care about that. I don’t care who’s on the phone. I’m talking to you right now. You do not have a choice but to sign summons. See thank you. I knew you was gonna sign it. I appreciate it very much and you have a safe day. Okay, thank you.

 

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