What are the details?
The video was obtained by KTTV-TV‘s Bill Melugin, who was sent the footage from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy involved.
In the clip, the deputy can be seen approaching the woman’s vehicle as she asked why she is “being harassed” since she was driving under the speed limit.
“Yes you are, ma’am, good morning,” he replies.
The woman can be seen holding her phone up showing that she was recording the deputy, when he says, “I pulled you over because…” and she cuts him off, replying, “Because you’re a murderer.”
The deputy explains that he pulled her over because she was using her cellphone while driving, and she tells him she had been recording him, reiterating, “because you are a murderer.”
When asked to present her driver’s license, the woman discloses that she does not have it with her. The deputy allowed her to present a picture of her driver’s license, and while she scrolled looking for it, she asked for him to call his supervisor. The officer informed her that the supervisor was already on his way.
“Good, because you’re a murderer,” she replied.
The woman says in the footage that she is a teacher. Melugin reported that “she has been a professor at schools in the LA area.”
Another deputy arrives on the scene, and tells the woman she is receiving a ticket for using her cellphone while driving. She tells him the deputy who issued the ticket was “a Mexican racist,” and then tells the deputy who pulled her over, “You’re always gonna be a Mexican, you’ll never be white, you know that, right? You’ll never be white, which is what you really want to be.
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A Latino LASD deputy sent me his bodycam video of a woman claiming to be a teacher launching into a racist tirade against him when he pulled her over in San Dimas. She repeatedly calls him a murderer. pic.twitter.com/Cc8jSVenCQ
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 3, 2021
The LASD told Melugin the woman called the LASD after the incident to file a harassment complaint against the deputy. The department noted that “she has a history of making false complaints against deputies.”
The reporter also noted that the San Dimas station — where the officer is based out of — does not require body cameras, but the deputy “invested in his own personal cam to protect himself on the job.”