It’s not clear that 36-year old daughter of a Maryland Capital police officer, Kianga Mwamba has her Ph.D. in particle physics from Johns Hopkins. Then again, it’s not clear that she doesn’t. But she does know that she has the right to video police in the performance of their public duties. And she did.
Some Baltimore cops, Stepanie Uruchima, Kelly Larson, Erick Jackson, and Marlon Koushall, apparently didn’t think Mwamba knew as much as she did, so they tased her for it, deleted the video and arrested her. Because reasons.
Mwamba, 36, flicked on the video recorder on her cell phone, telling officers she was allowed to record. But the situation quickly devolved into Mwamba’s being hauled from her Toyota, tasered and charged with assaulting two police officers.
On the video, you can hear cops commanding her to pull her car over, but she explains that her car was surrounded by police, making it impossible to move without running the cops down. They hate that, you know. So they tased her, as you can clearly hear on the video, then arrested her.
And when Mwamba was bailed out of jail that Monday morning, she said the video she made appeared to have been deleted from her phone. It was only when she checked another app that backed up her images and videos to the cloud that she found she still had a copy, she said.
Snap. Maybe the cloud isn’t all bad? But the best part of the video is where an officer tells her, “You a dumb bitch, you know that?” What are the chances anyone would have believed that these words were said had it not been captured on video? Envision the police report stating, “the officer thereupon informed the perpetrator that her decision to attempt to murder police officers by running them over with her vehicle was a poor choice.” Because that’s basically the same thing, only in slightly more official language.
The charges against Mwamba were dropped, and she is suing Baltimore and the cops involved. I don’t think she’s a “dumb bitch” at all. Not at all.