"Cops Hold Mother And Four Kids At Gunpoint Because They Thought Her Red Nissan Was A Tan Toyota"
CREDIT: Screenshot from dash cam video posted by WFAA
Police officers in Forney, Texas, were looking for a man reportedly driving with a gun out his window when they pulled over Kametra Barbour driving with four young kids earlier this month. A call reported four black men waving a gun out of a beige or tan Toyota. Barbour was also black, but that appears to be the only thing she had in common with the reported suspects. She was driving a burgundy red Nissan Maxima, she told the local ABC affiliate WFAA. And the four children she was driving home that night were younger than ten years old.
The officers realized within about a minute they had pulled over the wrong vehicle and de-escalated, when Barbour’s six-year-old son Ryan walked out of the car with his hands up, in a chilling image captured by dash cam video that evokes the “Hands up, don’t shoot” refrain that emerged after Michael Brown’s death.
But before he did so, police pointed their guns and ordered Barbour to walk backwards along the side of the road without explaining why she was being stopped, and then handcuffed Barbour in front of her children.
Watching the dash cam video after its release, Barbour told WFAA it “makes me angry all over again.”