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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – DFW Airport police officers’ body cameras were rolling last month when they say Danielle Kuhn resisted arrest.
Police say she tried to prevent her boyfriend from dialing 911. On the officer’s body camera video, you see and hear the officer tell her, “Have a seat in the chair. Sit down in the chair and quit resisting.”
In his report, the officer said Kuhn lost her balance and would have fallen onto her face, had he not still been holding her.
On the police video, Kuhn complains to the officer her handcuffs are too tight.
The officer tells her, “Don’t you try to scratch me or it’s fixing to be assault on a peace officer. Do you understand me? Now that is enough. You kicked me twice in the back.”
Kuhn is now charged with assault on a public servant, a third degree felony. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. She declined comment Tuesday.
Police say she scratched the officer’s right upper arm, breaking the skin and drawing blood.
The airport’s police chief, Charles Cinquemani supports his officers’ actions. “Under the circumstance, I thought they handled the situation pretty well.”
He says the cameras will help both officers and the public.
“It’s going to help hold officers accountable in case they area out of line. I have seen a couple of cases now that you mention it where an officer will say you realize this is all being recorded, I’ve seen that settle down a situation.”
The department received 100 body cameras in August, 2013 for $120,000.
On Tuesday, the chief decided to buy 40 more cameras for his officers at a cost of $35,000. He says it costs about $50,000 a year to store the video of the incidents.
In addition to police integrity, the chief also says the body cameras will help with evidence gathering by helping to catch repeat offenders accused of stealing luggage.
Kristofer Sanders just returned from a vacation to Cancun with his wife, and say that’s a benefit. “I just couldn’t imagine if I lost my bag right now.”
I definitely wouldn’t be talking to you, I’d be in a different mood. If it stops repeat offenders, that’s a good idea.”
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