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An $80 Ticket For A Busted Light Ends With 65-Year-Old Woman Being Tased, Guess What Side Of The Color Line She Was On

A 65-year-old woman was recently tased and arrested in Oklahoma after she refused to sign a traffic ticket for a broken tail light.

At one point the woman even attempted to drive off and once the officer caught up to her a small struggle ensued, she kicked the officer in the groin, and he tased her. Most are coming out in support of the officer but many people are wondering what would of happened if this woman was a person of color? Would the story have had a different ending?

This Oklahoma woman refused an $80 ticket for a broken tail light and ended up tased.

An Oklahoma woman who was pulled over for a broken taillight refused to accept an $80 ticket and instead yelled at the officer, drove away from the scene and later struggled with him, according to police bodycam footage and court documents.The officer ended up firing his taser at the 65-year-old woman and ultimately handcuffed her on the ground.

The woman, Debra Hamil, now faces a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest as well as a felony charge of battery or assault and battery on a police officer for allegedly kicking him in the groin, according to Kingfisher County documents. She has pleaded not guilty.

Unfortunately, for the woman, everything was captured on body-cam.

In the video, originally shared by CNN, you can hear the woman say “You did not have to taser me.

Obviously the police officer had a different side of the story. “You wouldn’t comply, you wouldn’t get out, and then you tried to kick me. So yes, I did,” the officer responds.

But the woman isn’t done yet. She goes on to add, “Yeah, I tried to kick you because I’m a country girl,” she says. “Because, no, I don’t like being thrown on the floor.”

When KOCO posted the video on Facebook, some of the comments supported the woman and some supported the officer.

But one thing is certain: This situation was avoidable.

Traffic stops for busted taillights and other minor infractions just aren’t worth the risks they generate, both for motorists and police officers. Often, the stops are really being used to generate revenue or as a pretense to search for contraband, such as drugs or guns, when an officer otherwise lacks probable cause.

But in a country where more people of color are killed by cops than white people, many are left wondering…what if this has been a person of color?

Would this woman have survived her interaction with the police? Even if this altercation was the woman’s fault (as many on social media suggest it is), how could this situation have ended differently?

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