Kametra Barbour is still trying to process why police pulled her over and mistook her for a call they received about a motorist waving a gun out their window. Barbour’s car had 4 children in it, at the time she was pulled over in Forney, Texas.

“Makes me angry all over again,” Barbour said after watching the video.

Police allege they received a call about a motorist speeding down the highway waving a gun. The car was described as a beige or tan colored Toyota with 4 black men in it.

But that wasn’t Barbour’s car.

“I drive a Nissan Maxima that is burgundy red,” Barbour said.

But after the suspect car sped far down the road, the 911 caller was now far back and thought the suspect was exiting the highway. And that was the very exit where Kametra Barbour’s car was.

“The complainant that called in said that vehicle took that exit,” said Forney Police Detective Michael Clay.

The video shows Barbour get out of the car, then the officers tell her to walk backwards to them with her hands up.

 

Here’s a transcription of the interaction:

Officer: “Put your hands on your head. Right here. Come on back.”
Barbour: “What is wrong? My kids!”
Officer: “How old are they?”
Barbour: “They’re six and eight and ten, nine. What are we doing?”
Officer: “Hold on a second, okay?”
Barbour: “What is going on? Oh my God, you will terrify my children.”
Officer: “We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.”

In less than a minute, the officers knew they had the wrong car. You can hear them de-escalate.

Officer 1: “Do they look young to you?”
Officer 2: “They do to me.”
Officer 1: “Huh?”
Officer 2: “They do to me.”
Officer 1: “Yep, they’re young.”
Officer 1: [To other officers] “Gun down, gun down, gun down.”
Officer 1: [As the child exits the vehicle] “Come on back here, son. Come on back here, you’re alright.”

Within moments, the officers are trying to calm the children’s nerves.

Officer: “Y’all okay?
Child: “I’m scared.”
Officer: “It’s okay.”
Child: “Are we going to jail?”
Officer: “No. No one is going to jail.”
Child: [Scream, crying]
Officer: “Hey, stop crying. It’s okay. It’s okay. Everything’s fine now.”

The police feel that the stop was handled correctly.
 
“For the nature of the call – that a weapon was involved – yes,” Detective Clay said.

Barbour understands officers were making quick decisions that night. Nonetheless, she is still deeply troubled.

“I need you to make sure you have all the facts, because you can’t just say, ‘Okay, I’m sorry,’ and then I’m over it. I can’t. Every time I listen to and hear or think about it, it bothers you. I can’t just say, ‘I’m fine. It’s okay. It’s not a big deal.’ It is,” Barbour said.

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  • joe

    The new Jim Crow is here. White folks have decided they’re going to let us know how they REALLY feel. We can continue to attack each other or we can get ready for what’s coming. It’s up to us.

  • dani

    My heart broke when I saw that baby come out of the car with his hands up. He needed to see what was wrong with his momma. This is probably the first of many incidents he will have like this in his life as a black male. Imagine how traumatized he is. I’m honestly surprised the cops didn’t shoot the little boy.

  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    I will have to apply for jobs in the future, so my media savvy says that I have to stop here.

  • GoldenGirl

    Meanwhile some white guy is stabbing the crap out of somebody, and getting away with it!!! SMDH!!!

  • bobby wiseman

    …Whether or not she get’s over the *hostile manner Texas put her through, the kids in the car will have to endure the police actions for more than 75 years, each child and every one of them. (10, 9, 8, and 6 of years) Each will have a generation of negative frame work against law enforcement. GO THEM AND SAY YOUR SORRY & TELL THEM YOUR *PARENT AND YOUR *AUNT WILL NOT BE ARRESTED AGAIN. THE CHILDREN ARE SCARED!!!