JONESBORO, Ark. – Dash cam footage from a controversial traffic stop between two officers and an animal rights activist in Jonesboro seems to indicate both officers were truthful in their police reports while the suspect refused to cooperate, as officers reported.
Close to sunset Saturday night, Jonesboro Police Officer Alex Duncan, with Officer Michael Talley also assisting, pulled over the vehicle driven by Angie Herringer, 55, of Jonesboro. Both officers reported Heringer had a headlight out. In the video, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) by NEA Report, Duncan began with a friendly greeting.
“Hello,” said Duncan.
“Hi. What do you want?” Heringer replied.
“I’m Officer Duncan with the Jonesboro Police Department,” Duncan tried to continue, before Heringer interrupted her.
“I know who you are Alex,” Heringer said, clearly annoyed. “What?”
“The reason we pulled you over is you have a headlight out,” Duncan said, getting to the point.
“OK,” Heringer said.
Duncan then asked for her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.
“Alex!” Heringer replied.
“Driver’s license, registration, proof of insurance,” Duncan repeated, calmly.
A few seconds passed with no activity visible or audible. Then, for a third time, Duncan asked for license, registration and proof of insurance. She follows that with a command to not get out of the vehicle. Heringer can be heard speaking about “checking” to see if her light is out but most of her words are inaudible except for the fact she is perturbed by the traffic stop.
“Driver’s license,” Duncan begins a fourth time, before Heringer shouts back something in defiance, disputing the reason for the stop.
That’s when Duncan told her to get out of the car. As Duncan reported, she tried to first unbuckle Heringer, who begins to scream. Heringer wails for the officer to get her hands out of the car. She tells both officers not to touch her several times and never puts the vehicle in park.
As she was pulled from the vehicle, Heringer was tangled in her seat belt while the vehicle began to roll forward. Officer Michael Talley quickly stopped the moving SUV while the female officer took control of Heringer.
“Get your hands off me!” Heringer screamed. “Get your f**king hands off me right now.”
After Duncan and Talley secured the angry woman in handcuffs, Duncan clasped both of her hands together and began to attempt a reasonable discussion. Heringer interrupted her, again, and while in handcuffs, leaned forward to the officer.
“You’re in f**king trouble,” Heringer said, multiple times. “I was reaching for it.”
Heringer continued. Much of what she said is difficult to understand but repeatedly, Duncan seemed to attempt to return to reason. She again asked where Heringer’s license is at.
The video showed Heringer turn away, then look back at her.
“Take these fucking cuffs off, honey. You’re in fucking trouble,” Heringer said. “And get my glasses off the ground. Get my glasses off the ground right now.”
The officers remained at the scene for sometime in the video. At one point, Heringer screamed to Talley she was “reaching for my license! Alex knows me.” As Heringer disputed the reason for the stop, Duncan appeared to try to explain she asked for it repeatedly.
Heringer looks the law enforcement officer in the face, at the 3:38 mark, and says “F**k you.”
Heringer was released at the scene because of Craighead County Detention Center being full. She was cited for obstructing governmental operations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, no proof of liability insurance, and improper headlights.
Her court date is 1 p.m. on June 19
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