A female jogger in Austin, Texas, went out for a run on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, and before she knew it, she was handcuffed, arrested, and screaming as she was put into the back of a cop car. Raw Story reported that she was actually arrested for not being able to provide an ID after being cited for jaywalking.
The entire strange situation was caught on video and in still pictures as she was dragged to the police car by four cops. 24-year-old Amanda Jo Stephen was also screaming and screeching "I didn't f***ing do anything wrong!"
Chris Qintero, a student at the University of Texas, caught the entire thing on camera after he witnessed the police ticketing lots of people for jaywalking.
“I was sitting at the Starbucks at 24th and San Antonio,” the student, Chris Quintero, told the Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas-Austin. “Then I hear a cop shout at an innocent girl jogging through West Campus with her headphones on.”
Apparently, Stephen had on headphones and didn't know the police called out for her so she kept on jogging. An officer caught up to her, grabbed her arm from behind, and she proceeded to push his hand away.
Stephen was then handcuffed, sat on the ground, and soon brought screaming to the police cruiser. She was placed into the backseat of the car and charged with failing to give her name to the police and a class B traffic signal violation.
“She repeatedly pleaded with them, saying that she was just exercising and to let her go,” Quintero said. Quintero is heard in the video saying, “I saw you,” after the woman calls across the street, saying, “I was doing nothing wrong. I was crossing the street.”
The Austin Police Department has denied the officers in the video were targeting jaywalkers, and that they were simply working "pedestrian enforcement" for traffic safety.