Forney Police Apologize After Mom & Kids Pulled Over At Gunpoint
KAUFMAN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Video of a North Texas mother being pulled over, handcuffed and arrested in front of her four children has become a hot topic here and across the country.
Police in Forney have apologized to Kametra Barbour after forcing her to exit her car with her hands up and behind her head. Barbour complied with every instruction by officers but can be heard on video saying, “My kids! They’re 6 and 8 and 10, 9. What are we doing? Oh, my God — you will terrify my children!”
Officials admit to mistakenly pulling Barbour over on a felony traffic stop. The incident happened earlier in August as officers responded to a call about a reckless driver who had a weapon.
Police have since issued an apology to Barbour and her family, calling the police stop “a frightening and unfortunate incident.”
Police stopped Barbour even though her car did not match the initial vehicle description given to dispatch. The person who called 911 told authorities the person driving recklessly and waving a gun was in a “beige or tan-colored Toyota.” Barbour was driving a burgundy Nissan Maxima.
The caller also said the suspect vehicle was “occupied by four black males.” Barbour was in the car with her two children and two godchildren – ages 6, 8, 9 and 10.
According to police, the 911 caller told authorities that the suspect vehicle had exited the highway. The caller also identified Mrs. Barbour’s vehicle as having taken the County Road 212/217 exit — making it the only vehicle on the service road.
The statement by police said that when officers realized there were kids in the car “the call was immediately deescalated,” – meaning police did not have weapons pointed at one child, as they had on his mother, when he exited the vehicle with his hands up.
As the child moved slowly from the car you can hear an officer yell, “Gun down, gun down.”
On Facebook Barbour said she was still shaken by the indecent. She said she sat down with her children and had a, “heart to heart lesson about how your life can change in a matter of seconds.”
In her post Barbour went on to say how proud she was of her children and that they had learned a “valuable lesson.” Her advise to her children? “You must not be bitter or angry just try to stay calm in a situation like this.”
The statement released by Forney police said the incident with Barbour and her children, “… as well as all other Use of Force events, are reviewed to ensure proper policy and procedure are followed.”
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