Mom plans to sue police over gunpoint traffic stop

FORNEY, Texas - A Texas mother spoke out on Tuesday saying her children were traumatized when police pulled her over and held her at gunpoint during a traffic stop.

Kametra Barbour and her family say they plan to file a lawsuit over the incident, but say it would be a way to foster change in what they feel is overzealous police procedure, CBS Dallas reported.

"At that time I was just thinking over and over," she tearfully said during a press conference, "Lord, please don't let them shoot me in front of my children."

 

The stop took place last month along U.S. Highway 80 in northern Texas when police pulled over her burgundy Nissan Maxima -- when they were on the lookout for a beige Toyota. Police had received calls about someone waving a gun from a car. Officers were looking for four black males. But a dispatcher signaled to the officers that they had pulled over the wrong vehicle.

A dashcam video shows officers surrounding the car and ordering Barbour out of her car at gunpoint. Police acknowledged that she did nothing wrong and that she was allowed to go on her way, but also said that they were following normal procedure.

"Well your procedure needs to change," said Frederick D. Haynes, Barbour's pastor and attorney. "Because your procedure says 'we don't have four black men here, so any black body will do,' and that's an insult."

Forney Police spokesman Michael Clay told the Dallas Morning News that no action was being taken against the officers involved.

Barbour and her husband Chris, a Dallas paramedic say their children are now having nightmares and are afraid of police, despite having been taught respect for the uniform.

Their six-year-old son can be seen on the dashcam video approaching the police vehicle with his hands up.

"He doesn't understand the dynamics of race and racism," Chris Barbour explained. "He sees everyone as his friend. But he doesn't feel that way now."

Community leaders say there are no black officers in the department and leaders say those there need racial sensitivity training. City officials have apologized, but say there was no racial motivation in the traffic stop.

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