Charges dropped against a black woman accused of assaulting a Florida deputy after being pulled from a car during a rough arrest
Officials in Florida dropped charges against Keanna Cooper, a Black woman who a Broward sheriff’s deputy said assaulted him.
Cooper was previously arrested and charged with resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer in a May 7, 2022 incident in Pompano Beach, Florida. On that day, Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steven Davis was responding to an assault that stemmed from a confrontation over parking spaces, and bystanders said Cooper was involved.
Shows the body camera Davis walks toward Cooper’s car while talking on the phone with her mother. Her car was parked in the parking lot at the time.
“Do you have an ID card, ma’am?” Davis asked.
“Why would I give away my ID?” Cooper replied.
He replied, “Because I asked for it.”
Cooper then expressed that she began to feel uncomfortable about the situation when David said he would arrest her if she did not comply.
“Do you hear that, mom? I’m waiting for my friend, and now I’m about to get arrested because I refuse to give my ID,” Cooper said. “What did you do? These people could kill me, mom.
“Ma’am, I’m going to ask you one more time, and then I’m going to get you out of the car,” Davis said.
Seconds later, he opened the car door and took her out of the car. At that point, tackle her to the curb.
“You’re not going to fight me. What are you doing?” Cooper said. “What’s wrong with you? Did you just hit a woman?”
In court last July, Cooper He said That Davis hit her several times. Pictures obtained by the website “Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Ritchie” show her black eyes and bruises on her arm and neck area. Davis claimed he pulled her out of the car because she was not following orders, according to reports, and that she attacked him, causing his head to bleed.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported last month that Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Carrier concluded that there was no smoking gun in body camera footage that suggested Cooper harmed Davis. The prosecutor noted that Davis’ accounts of what happened and how he was injured differed.
“He arrived at her car, opened her car door and pulled her out of her car to prevent her from fleeing the scene.” He said The agency stated in a memorandum that the Biological Weapons Convention [body-worn camera] It does not depict Mrs. Cooper trying to start the car or driving forward.
Additionally, David claimed in one of his statements that Cooper was “pointing at bystanders and threatening them with physical harm or violence.” But bystanders did not support this accusation, and the body camera did not show it, according to the report.