The original incident occurred in May 2019, but the footage has just been released.
The Independent wrote:In the lawsuit, Ms Bottoms said that she did not realise immediately that police were trying to pull her over — she said she was listening to loud music — and that she was trying to look for a safe place to stop when the police used spike strips to stop her car.
Before she could get an answer, the officers tore Ms Bottom’s rotator cuff as she lay face-down on the pavement, causing her to shriek and cry: “I am hurting really bad.”
In the footage one of the officers is heard saying to another: “That’s good police work, baby.”
She told the Charlotte Observer: “I was shaking in fear. I was getting ready to die. ... When they grabbed me and threw me to the ground, that’s when the real terror struck me that I was going to die.”
The bodycam footage also shows Officer Barkalow using several derogatory terms to refer to Ms Bottom during the encounter.
According to this article by the Charlotte Observer, Ian Mance, a lawyer with EmancipateNC who represents Bottom, said "Ms. Bottom was peaceful at all times, and officers knew they were dealing with an elderly woman. Our complaint alleges these officers had no reason to use any force, much less the level of force they employed. Ms. Bottom wasn't even arrested."
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