VIDEO: Woman Accuses Cop Of Racist Traffic Stop, Then Sheriff Releases Video

A South Carolina woman claimed she feared for her life during a traffic stop in rural Virginia.

Brunswick County, VA – A South Carolina woman twisted a traffic citation into allegations of racism on April 27, after a sheriff’s deputy issued her a speeding ticket (videos below).

“You know, we shouldn’t be afraid to drive and get pulled over by the police,” Dawn Hilton-Williams said through tears in a Facebook live video that went on in excess of 11 minutes. “My natural instinct, for anybody who knows me, knows that I do not like to be told what to do.”

The incident occurred in a rural area along Route 59, when a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy stopped Hilton-Williams, 50, for a speed zone violation, WTVR reported.

Unedited bodycam footage released by the sheriff’s office showed the deputy as he approached the woman’s vehicle, identified himself, and asked for Hilton-Williams’ license and vehicle information.

He explained that he stopped her for traveling 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, at which point Hilton-Williams said she had not seen any signs posted regarding the speed limits in the area.

The cordial conversation continued briefly, before the deputy returned to his patrol car to run Hilton-Williams’ information.

When he returned to her vehicle, the deputy told her he had issued her a traffic summons, and began explaining her options with regards to paying the ticket or appearing before the court.

“It’s a traffic summons?” Hilton-Williams’ interrupted. “Where’s the sign that says its 55 miles per hour?”

“Numerous places,” the deputy responded. “You are more than welcome to go back there and look at them, take pictures of them or whatever you want to do.”

“So you didn’t give me a warning?” Hilton-Williams asked. “You gave me an actual ticket?”

“Yeah, no warnings today ma’am,” the deputy replied, as he resumed explaining her options.

“Wow,” Hilton-Williams said in entitled frustration.

“You have the option to prepay this,” the deputy continued. “I'm going to give you a phone number, plus a website that has our courthouse information. If you contact our courts they will tell you what the fine is, answer any one of your questions and if you decide to prepay it, you do not have to come to court.”

Hilton-Williams again interrupted, and said she would not pay the ticket, and that she planned to hire a lawyer.

Unfazed, the deputy concluded his instructions, and told Hilton-Williams to sign the citation as an assurance that she would either pay the ticket online, or appear at her scheduled court time.

“I’m not going to sign that ticket,” she responded. “I don’t have to sign it. But I appreciate it.”

The deputy went on to explain that her endorsement was not an acknowledgement of guilt.

“It's only a promise to me that you're going to get it taken care of by either coming to court or prepaying it,” he said.

The deputy then presented Hilton-Williams with a third option for handling the matter.

“If you refuse to sign the summons at this point, I'm gonna have to get you out of the side of the police car, place you under arrest and take you in front of a magistrate,” he calmly explained. “I will get your vehicle towed and go from there. So, yes ma'am you do not have a choice...”

Hilton-Williams opted to endorse the citation, and was sent on her way.

“Thank you very much, and you have a very safe day,” the deputy told her, as he walked back towards his patrol vehicle.

As Hilton-Williams traveled down the highway, she jumped onto Facebook Live to broadcast a tearful and warped version of what had just occurred.

“I have had a traumatic experience,” she told her viewers.

“I just was bullied by a racist cop...in the middle of nowhere, where I could have been the next victim of police abuse with no repercussion,” she said in the video. “He just walked off, the bully that he was, proudly, happily, like he had accomplished something by degrading me as an African-American.”

Hilton-Williams claimed to have been pulled over for “7 miles an hour” or “some kinda small difference” over the posted speed limit, by “this white cop, who said he’s Sergeant Somebody.”

“And he looked like he was ready...to pull me out of the car,” she said in the video. “He didn’t say, ‘I’ll ask you to step out of the car.’ He said, ‘I’ll put you outta the car, and I’ll arrest you, and I’ll impound your car.’”

Hilton-Williams said she signed the ticket “only because I was immediately afraid.”

“He said, ‘I don’t care. You’re gonna get out of this car. I’ll just pull you outta the car,’” she falsely claimed.

“It was a very controlling, bullying experience, and no one should threaten to pull me out of a car just because I...have a right not to sign the ticket,” Hilton-Williams said. “You want to be strong, and you want to fight against injustice, but then you also don’t want to be dead.”

“This is where I am,” Hilton-Williams said, as she turned the camera to display the rural landscape she was driving through. “So it’s not like I’m not afraid, because this is where we got lynched. This is where, even in today’s day.”

“I was in the middle of areas where I know there were tons of slaves...where there were open fields of plowed areas,” she lamented. “That is racist, and this happens every single day.”

She then asked if any of her “white friends” ever felt the same way when they were stopped by the police.

“Are they afraid that they’re never gonna come home to see anybody else?” Hilton-Williams asked her viewers. “If you’re not African American...pulling you out of the car doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you’re African American and you get pulled out of the car, you get shot, or you get tased, or you get...Sandra Bland.”

“It doesn’t matter how polite you are, it’s all sick, crazy bullying, and the police are ridiculous,” she continued. “I will be making a complaint.”

Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts released the bodycam footage after he received dozens of phone calls from citizens who became concerned after watching Hilton-Williams’ tearful account, WTVR reported.

"I started getting calls from citizens asking what is going on. They had seen a posting and were concerned about how I would allow it to happen," Sheriff Roberts said.

The sheriff defended his deputy, and said he did nothing wrong during his interaction with Hilton-Williams.

"I don't know what she has been through and I don't know her life history,” Sheriff Roberts told WTVR. “What I worry about is this kind of thing will inflame situations where you see cops in other states have been executed while they were just eating lunch.”

Despite the release of the bodycam footage, Hilton-Williams insisted that she planned to file a complaint against the deputy.

“All he had to do was say, 'Step out of the car ma’am.' I felt that it was threatening and I didn't feel safe because he's got the gun and he's got the badge," she told WTVR.

You can watch the deputy's interaction with Hilton-Williams, as well as her Facebook Live account of events, in the videos below:

Comments (151)
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cclaxton
cclaxton

Being a protected class doesn't mean you don't have to follow the same laws and rules we all live under.

emoc814
emoc814

So, you get a ticket for speeding and now you put everyone at risk again because you want to film a FB live video full of lies and drama and continue to drive. You can’t fix stupid.

JBo
JBo

How 'bout you practice not getting stopped and ticketed by obeying traffic laws? That way you won't get so traumatized and fearful of being shot as you drive through those areas where there were "tons of slaves", 153 years ago.

gfc1963
gfc1963

When will these type of idiots learn that there are TWO sides to a story. This has happened plenty of times lately where someone moans and bitches about the police saying they wwere racist and so on and then the body cam footage comes out and it s a totally different story!

Mppatch1
Mppatch1

Oh my goodness! Another entitled person that feels they are special. FYI- No Slaves today. If you are so much into what happened hundreds of years ago why do you live in South Carolina? Hum? Must be so you can continue trying to be entitled to what you don’t deserve.

ArtBeltranJr
ArtBeltranJr

Officer has good taste in music!

Batt
Batt

Holy hell. When you go through your life always whining about race, THAT makes you a racist. This asshat will go to her grave screaming racism. Pathetic.

ERRR0914
ERRR0914

And this is why when someone who is truly racist does something nobody believes them....The officer was lucky he had cameras rolling or this lady would have cashed in on the Ghetto lottery

L.Shack
L.Shack

So glad the police officer got the whole thing on tape. As a licensed driver it is YOUR job to know the speed limit is for the road you are on. Talk about lie and exaggerate. Then fake cry on top of that. She wasn't crying when she was refusing to sign. Attention seeker.

journeyer
journeyer

I have to wonder if she was prejudice against this cop already. He has an accent. He wears a uniform. The full video does not show racism. Perhaps being prejudice already and then being pulled over by a white cop with a southern accent, unleashed her own racism and fears. He said she was going 70 in a 55 zone. To me that is not a small difference. I wouldn't want anyone on the road going 70 in a 55 if I were driving the same road. He also did not say "I'm going to have to pull you out of the car" He said, I will have to get you out of the car and place you under arrest" I have never heard that before where we "had" to sign but perhaps that is the law in that state.
What upsets me is that she broke the law and was wrong and instead of admitting that she was going too fast, she turns it around on the cop. I have experience racism in my life and this wasn't it. He was kind, respectful and courteous and gave her a ticket for a valid reason. We have to stop this racism blame when it's just not there. Otherwise we're not going to be heard when it is. But please remember any of us can be prejudice or show racism because of our own fears.

Corellia
Corellia

Love the music. But man did his job. Honest, polite.

snooze
snooze

Who doesn't know that the speed limit on probably any two lane highway is 55 MPH???? She was totally in the wrong! Especially in what she said about the police officer.... I am the ex wife of a police officer as well as the mother of a police officer. I'm always afraid if I get pulled over, so I drive carefully so as not to get pulled over!

fatdad
fatdad

Please people stop lying every time you have an interaction with the police. This officer did absolutely nothing wrong but you did. You were speeding and now you're lying. Stop.

Steve1
Steve1

I feel the officer was professional. I also feel that the women is a RACIST and should be arrested for filing a false complaint against the officer! Racist scumbags like this cause the problems!

msclvr1954
msclvr1954

thank god for body cameras. It just proved thatthis woman is lying. She got a ticket for 70 in a 55 zone. Shut up and pay the ticket.PERIOD.

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Any bets that she will get off of paying her fine

Chanlao
Chanlao

Oh lord I couldn't finish her video nothing but blah blah blah unnecessary crying when the video should said: I was in the wrong let me be the 1st to own up to it and be an example and a difference for my people since shes making it a racial thing and a victim of a deserved speeding ticket. This lady is scared because the cop told her what can happen if dont sign a ticket?HUH!? as if he makes up the rules smh. If cops are professional about the situation is bad if they try to reason with with the individual is bad is like dam if you do and dam if you dont. Lord knows why I'm not a cop I have zero tolerance for ignorance and people that's always trying to start a fire.

mtrublu
mtrublu

This is what you, as a black person, go through everyday? You act like a complete A-hole, and people still treat you with courtesy? You should thank your lucky stars that this officer, who conducted himself in an entirely professional manner, didn't treat you the way you treated him.

Don't be complaining about racism when you're actively giving people reasons to despise you and those you claim to speak for. Thankfully, you don't represent your race any more than meth-head hillbillies represent whites. You are a disgrace.

whippetmom
whippetmom

Guess next time you should look to see it the officer has a body cam before you lie your ass off....

RunCop
RunCop

Negro, please!

J.P. DuROCHE
J.P. DuROCHE

As I can tell that was a "TextBook" interaction....

Rthimble
Rthimble

People like her need to stop crying wolf they make people who actually have a problem irrelevant sad they aren't smart enough to understand they are actually hurting people who might have a legitimate problem . . . .

PeggySue78
PeggySue78

Seriously lady? The Academy Award goes to..... That officer was polite to her and she NEVER appeared to be in fear. Respect the law!

loveanyh2o
loveanyh2o

Nope.....not gonna happen. My money says she pays the full fine and court costs. And I might have a little money to say the judge slaps her with another fine for recording that video while driving. LMAO

MilwaukeeDon
MilwaukeeDon

What a lying bitch! She keeps saying "White people, now you see why black people have to go through this all the time. I see, BECAUSE YOU LIE & DON'T FEEL YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW RULES!

dubi01
dubi01

woman, quit being a racist ass...he very clearly told you you were going 70 in a 55 zone and it is your RESPONSIBILITY to know the speed limit where you're driving...not his. You should be ashamed....

nanato_6
nanato_6

She is the type of person who is contributing to the separation of America. She took a totally routine traffic stop (where she was in the wrong) and turned it into something it wasn't. How immature and sad.

blujn
blujn

Faker!

connielingus
connielingus

Just another lying, piece of shit, dirtbag!

KuntaKinte2020
KuntaKinte2020

She should be allowed to go as fast as she wants. The nerve of a cop stopping her to give her a ticket. Just another way to profile Black people... I'm sure he doesn't stop White people and if he does, then I am sure that they get off with just a warning. Driving while being Black and Female and He's White so of course he don't like Black people. I'm sure he can't help it. You know all White people are Racists.
You have to be Black to really "See" and "Hear" how it went down. She is lucky to be alive.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

She is a troublemaker,and a story teller. And she should be sued by the police dept or the officer This has to stop

chefcathy
chefcathy

WOW JUST WOW LIE LIKE A RUG LADY.... GOOD JOB YOUR A GENTLEMAN & GREAT OFFICER GOOD THING YOU HAD THAT DASH CAM CAUGHT THAT RACIEST

mom7
mom7

Amazing. There are some (not all) races who are just plain "cop haters." I am a whilte (excuse me "Anglo") female who has law enforcement family members. I was going 10 miles over the speed limit (this lady in video was going 15 miles over), and I got a ticket (not a warning) despite my mentioning I had law enforcement family. Did I throw a fit and cry on facebook (again while driving)? no. give me a break.

oldman1951
oldman1951

why is she on the passenger side of the vehicle and not behind the wheel

Shannon1970
Shannon1970

WOW! A lot of people aren't aware that refusing to sign a ticket is a big NO NO. Technically once you are pulled over, you are considered under arrest for your offense and can be taken to a magistrate immediately (causing your car to be towed and a real big headache). You sign the ticket instead of all of that. You sign it saying you understand the offense and how to pay it or where and when you go to court to fight it. You're only agreeing that you got it! The problem with the world we live in is that people don't respect authority anymore. Everyone wants to throw a fit and challenge it. And if they don't get their way, they cause trouble, or yell racism. SMH!!!

Duder1897
Duder1897

Stupid fat bitch.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Actually you shouldn't sign any document without reading it and understanding it first. Sometimes this requires much time and answers to many questions especially if there is fine print.

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Has this cop never heard of Black Privilege? Any white cop that tickets or arrests a black is racist. She was apparently traumatized because she claims slaves were lynched along that stretch of highway sometime in the past. Where is his empathy? This cop needs to be sent to the nearest Starbucks sensitivity training class on May 29th .

cheryldee
cheryldee

Love the fact that the body cams are proving what really happens when people get pulled over - instead of all of the lies!!!! You got caught!

TazCop
TazCop

Shut up you RACIST GHETTO BITCH

PennyV
PennyV

What an actor, so glad the officer had his cam
going!

PennyV
PennyV

Man she loves to hear herself speak!

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

She just doesn't want to be told what to do! She thought she would get off with a warning and now is grandstanding like a fucking prima dona! What a race baiter! The officer was straight up nice until she threatened to not sign the ticket. He didn't want to arrest her, but she was making this bigger then a speeding ticket for 15 mph over!

Twhprotector
Twhprotector

Point proven...racism is NOT one way street.

nanadarlene
nanadarlene

She was exceeding the speed limit by 15mph on a rural road, common sense a ticket is issued. I have seen deer on those roads. Let her hit one going 70mph. He could have saved her life.

butterflieslovlilacs
butterflieslovlilacs

First of all the 55 if no sign present. So Even if you didn't see a sign, Means it's 55. Just because you were probably on your phone and not paying attention is the reason you got caught speeding. And in a rental no less. She is lucky she got a nice officer. With her attitude get a cop on a bad day and he wouldn't have been so nice. I mean he took way to long explaining things to her when he could have just gave her the ticket been on his way. And the Video is the kicker. Every time a police officer get's gun down blood is on her hands and people like her. So much hate and complete denial, and stupidity. I was listening to a talk show about a week ago after an officer was gun down. A man had called in and was over joyed with the fact an innocent man was gun downed. He made it plane and simple how he felt about cops.. I look at this way if you hate cops that much, what have you done in your life time that made the cops arrest you. Look in the mirror.

blujn
blujn

And, of course the video isn't available LOL

Mikey397
Mikey397

Shannon1970: Not necessarily true. In Indiana a traffic stop is
not a criminal offense it is an infraction. Traffic offense tickets
do not require a signature.

Karelle
Karelle

Race baiting lying POS..... She should be locked up for inciting

Karelle
Karelle

And for those of you who think you know the law, A ticket is in lieu of arrest.....so yes if you don't follow and comply to the rule of that country you can be arrested...