VIDEO: Hit-And-Run Suspect Assaults Cop, Then Chief Turns On The Officer

Jhasmynn Sheppard fought with Tuscaloosa police after fleeing the scene of a crash on April 19.

Tuscaloosa, AL – A hit-and-run suspect accused of resisting arrest, grabbing an officer by the genitals, and trying to take away an officer’s expandable baton said she plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against the police department (video below).

“I was beaten by two police officers,” 22-year-old Jhasmynn Sheppard told WBMA. “I was unarmed. And I did everything they asked me to.”

The news station actually labeled Sheppard to be a victim of the police.

“They know what they did was completely uncalled for,” Sheppard declared. “And this isn’t the end.”

The incident began on April 19, after Sheppard crashed into a vehicle on Old Greensboro Road, then fled the scene, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson told The Tuscaloosa News.

A bystander followed her, and reported the incident to police.

Approximately 20 minutes later, Tuscaloosa Police Officer Cole Ward and Officer Steven Lackey located the hit-and-run vehicle near a Krispy Kreme store on McFarland Boulevard.

“You know why I stopped you,” one of the officers told her as he approached her driver’s side window, bodycam footage showed. “A guy’s been following you. Driver’s license, proof of insurance.”

Sheppard rummaged around her vehicle for several seconds before the officer told her to step out of the vehicle.

He then told her to place her hands behind her back, at which point Sheppard immediately began complaining and pulling away.

“Please don’t do me like this,” she said.

She then turned back towards him with only one of her hands cuffed, and tried to break his hold on her other wrist.

“Are you serious?” the officer asked in disbelief. “Have you lost your freakin’ mind?”

Sheppard pulled her hands towards her and begged the officer to let her go.

She managed to pull out of his grasp, then tumbled to the ground as she turned away from him, the video showed.

The officer’s bodycam fell off during the physical altercation that ensued.

“Looked like she was trying to run, and…she swung at him,” explained a bystander who recorded the scene with a cell phone.

The officer later said that Sheppard grabbed his genitals as she was fighting with him, bodycam footage showed.

"He's on top of me, my face is in the ground, I can't breathe," Sheppard later complained to WBMA. "He told me to get up, but I couldn't breathe, so I'm grabbing."

The officers repeatedly ordered Sheppard to give them her hands, and used expletives when she failed to comply, bodycam footage showed.

Cell phone footage showed one of the officers as he deployed his baton and struck the combative woman one time.

“That was horrible,” a bystander declared. “They shouldn’t a did that lady like that.”

Sheppard even tried to bite the officers during the scuffle, police said.

“If you bite me, you’re gonna loose every one of your f--king teeth! You understand me?” one officer warned.

The officers were ultimately able to wrestle Sheppard into handcuffs, and the officer retrieved his bodycam from the ground.

“You do anything other than what you’re told to right now, I’m gonna kick you in the teeth,” he told Sheppard, who was still sitting on the ground complaining.

He then told his partner that the combative woman was going to be charged with assault for attacking him.

“She grabbed me by the balls and squeezed,” he said.

“You’re lucky I didn’t put my gun in the back of your noggin’ and make you obey,” he told Sheppard.

He then accosted her for having tried to grab one of the officer’s expandable batons during the scuffle.

“When you grab this, I could have shot you!” he reiterated. “Do you understand me? Do you know how stupid you are?”

The officer also suffered injuries to his finger and knee during the scuffle, according to The Tuscaloosa News.

Sheppard was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and disarming law enforcement, but Chief Anderson said that he has spoken with the city attorney about dismissing the charges against her, WBMA reported.

Chief Anderson said that he initially believed the officers used reasonable force to subdue a combative suspect, but that he became “angry” and “disgusted” when he watched bodycam footage of the language used in the altercation, The Tuscaloosa News reported.

“The attitude, the language. The berating and making threats,” Chief Anderson said. “There’s no place for it. There’s no need for it.”

“I was disgusted by what I saw, by what I heard and I was embarrassed by it,” he added. “It does not reflect our core values here at the Tuscaloosa Police Department.”

Officer Ward and Officer Lackey have both been placed on desk duty while the case is being reviewed. They will then go before a disciplinary board, which will forward its recommendations to Chief Anderson.

Chief Anderson will subsequently formulate a recommendation to forward to the city prosecutor, and the officers will appear before the prosecutor and the city’s human resources director.

“Incidents like this can tear down all of our efforts and that’s a problem for me,” the chief said. “Now, we have to start the process over of gaining the public’s trust back.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has demanded that both officers be sent to prison for how they handled the combative woman’s arrest, WBMA reported.

"These are officers who did what they wanted to do to act in a manner in which they wanted to behave. So, they should be held accountable,” Tuscaloosa NAACP President Jerry Carter railed.

“I'm not talking about just losing their jobs,” Carter continued. “They need to go to the penitentiary like I would if I were out in the streets beating on a white lady. Do you know what I'm saying?”

Sheppard said she will be filing a civil rights lawsuit against the police department.

“I’m glad that everything was brought to the light finally and people see I wasn’t that aggressive, cruel, psychotic person they tried to make me out to be,” she told WBRC.

You can watch bodycam of the officers’ encounter with Sheppard in the video below:

Comments (55)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

His language was wrong. I agree with the chief on that.

She resisted arrest. She assaulted an officer during a legal arrest. She tried to bite an officer. she grabbed his balls. He ordered her to comply, and she resisted, using force to resist the arrest. He struck her once with his baton, the same baton she tried to grab, as an escalation of force, but not excessive. The chief is recommending the charges be dropped (because of the negative PR) which will be used as supporting evidence in the civil suit that the officers were wrong.

The arrest wasn't wrong, but the officer's language was. Give the officer a written reprimand, and allow the woman to stand trial for her crimes. Let a court decide if the laws were broken.

And remember, none of this would have happened if the woman hadn't resisted a legally appropriate arrest.

Grog
Grog

Been there and done that, but not with the language. He let his emotions get the best of him. Not everyone has the temperament to be a police officer.

chattycathy
chattycathy

None of it wouldn't have happened if she would have stopped after hitting the car in the first place!!!! Always someone else's fault! smdh!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I worked for a chief who would not tolerate officers using profanity so I learned early on not to. With that said, other than the language, the officers did nothing wrong. To drop the charges simply because the chief didn't like the language the officers used is dumb. But then again, police chiefs are more concerned about how the public feels about them then the officers who work for him.

Rightwinger
Rightwinger

Looked like a fair bust.

Broomtownblue
Broomtownblue

I agree that the language was wrong, but come on. Reprimand him and let it go. Sounds like the chief needs to find another line of work. Maybe a vacuum cleaner salesman?

JLo1
JLo1

So they swore at her. Big fucking deal!!! Stupid bitch deserved a tongue lashing! :D

trainbuff
trainbuff

Actually, it could have been worse! He could have unleashed a German shepherd on her too and a firehose!

JoeH
JoeH

This is all getting ridiculous she is a criminal that left the scene of a accident but because she black she's entitled to be treated better than everyone, im glad im retired i know this sounds racist but i would hate to deal with black people now a day's and the naacp is on the most racist organization out here if we had a naawp everyone would go crazy our world is screwed up people

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Can't believe any officer is dumb enough to deal with these people. Go the other way and collect your pay check. They will kill themselves or each other fast enough. Don't lose your occupation because of them. Deal with humans. Let animal control clean up the corpses of these parasitic scum. . .

tfort
tfort

If you can’t do your job correctly then stay home. Cursing, threats, disrespect - that is how low our cops have become.

Protector$
Protector$

I don't know Anderson but I suspect he has an agenda that does not include supporting his department. If what we find wrong with this incident is the language and forget why the officer's were there in the first place to the point of dropping charges Anderson has his head in his ass. Remember you give those folks who do not obey the law an inch they will take a mile. After you lose your city to those that don't care, it will be difficult to ever reestablish a law and order community.

gfc1963
gfc1963

I have nothing wrong with the language. If you talk to people nicely you get talked back to nicely. This woman caused all this and the chief is a PC coward for having a go at his officers.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

It sounds as if the woman was combative and totally uncooperative the whole time. The way that she was spoken to might have provoked her even further. Two cops couldn't get her under control and handcuffed? The language was totally unprofessional The verbal abuse went on for way too long. The chief needs to discipline the officers for talking to the female in the manner in which they did, but the criminal charges should stand. She still violated the laws that the officers are charged with enforcing, and should be tried based upon that. It does make a hard case for a prosecutor to win when cops act in this manner though.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I know the language was in-appropriate but I was laughing when he said "if you spit on me I am gonna knock all you f@#&=÷× out" the accent made it funnier! He was wrong for the profanity but besides that they both handled it well

Libssuckroyally
Libssuckroyally

Another politically correct police chief! Let's just throw our cops under the bus because he's worried about hurting a certain section of society feelings. As soon as she started resisting arrest it was game on and those two police officers did exactly what they were supposed to do and that was to arrest her. The language they used is irrelevant concerning the charges she is now facing. To drop the charges is just giving her a pass to do it again and shits on the officers who are just doing the job they were hired for. This country has become so politically correct it's beyond disgusting because you're never going to please all of the people all of the time no matter what you say or do.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Maybe whoever she hit will sue her for hit and run. She’s an idiot and the chief is wrong. The chief is just worried what the public will think not about crime but if he doesn’t charge her, they will have more crime if they don’t nip this in the bud. Then the officers should just go to through some sort of training

Marine1958
Marine1958

Should have shot her dumb ass. NAACP bitching about a criminal as usual.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The language is questionable but the arrest was justified completely. Once again you have a black person being arrested but not complying with demands. She knew very well that if she forced the police to have to use force on her to make the arrest, she would be able to put the ghetto lottery into play and make a boatload of money. Seems the chief is ok with that. Sad!👎

PSC 1060
PSC 1060

Why would anyone these days even consider being in law enforcement?... we have raised a generation of people that take NO responsibility for their own actions... just do what you are told, No worries!

dragonmas40
dragonmas40

She is lucky he doesn't sue her. The chief should resign for not supporting his officers. Someone should grab his nuts and squeeze. I bet his thoughts would be very different

jayess
jayess

If I grab you by the balls I guarantee you would swear.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

If she does sue, then the officer needs to file a criminal report of a sexual assault by this POS bitch and then claim PTSD and sue her ass and take whatever ghetto lottery she thinks shes gonna win!! So sick of this "black crime entitlement" that goes hand in hand with the "ghetto lottery"!!!

User 69
User 69

She’s guilty of hit & run, refusing to be cuffed, attacking policeman private’s & no matter what language he May have used, she’s still guilty. The chief needs to resign or be kicked out. Where are we getting these useless chiefs , prosecutors & etc from. Terrible job ! I’m fed up with blacks not taking blame for their actions & blaming the police. It’s time this is STOPPED & quit wasting money to wimps who lie instead of admitting they’re wrong.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Traffic Stops Made Easy Introduction: I am Officer X of the GG Police Department. The reason you are being stopped is _______. I need to see your driver's license.

Action: Do absolutely nothing but engage the driver verbally. Do not order the perp out of the vehicle. Do not initiate an arrest. Wait for the arrival of a back up.

Rewards: Many less problems. I know these things ...

61mouse
61mouse

So the FUCKING CHIEF has had his fat ass sitting behind a desk so long, he forgot what it's like out there in the REAL World while he's getting paper cuts

61mouse
61mouse

So let someone twist the chiefs balls and see how he reacts . Oh forget it, he proved he doesn't have any

61mouse
61mouse

bystander who recorded the scene with a cell phone.....why NOT help the officer ?

61mouse
61mouse

“Incidents like this can tear down all of our efforts and that’s a problem for me,” the chief said. “Now, we have to start the process over of gaining the public’s trust back.”

But he DOESN'T care about tearing down and loosing his officers TRUST

jbrett
jbrett

NAACP needs a code of ethics to only support non-criminals. The case at hand is a criminal matter which escalated due to the criminal acts of this woman.

pixiepup
pixiepup

This is wrong for the chief to drop charges on this criminal. She broke the law multiple times. This makes me sick that the chief did this. He should be fired. This woman should not get any money! All the chief has done is told people they can break the law and get away with it!

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

I hear this story over and over, "They was on top of me and I couldn't breath". This email must have been sent out to all blacks to say so they can get more money in the lottery

Propolice
Propolice

Just imagine having to deal with human dung like her every day. I’m tired of these bystanders always siding with the criminals. Act like an wild animal and get treated as such. Keep on killing each other you foolish idiots