Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin, a 25-year-old criminal justice student at the University of Texas at San Antonio didn’t expect to be arrested for filming police traffic stops, but that’s exactly what happened to her last month. Ikhinmwin was standing with her bike in front of a bus stop while filming the local San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) performing traffic stops on her cellphone. But soon the attention was focused on her, as she was given a traffic citation and a free ride in the back of a SAPD cruiser to the local jail.
The YouTube video published below reveals the entire incident. Ikhinmwin was standing in front of the bus stop with her bike when an SAPD officer asked her to move away from traffic. As shown in the video, Ikhinmwin responded with: “What’s the traffic violation? I’m 12 inches from the curb. Am I not 12 inches within the curb?”
The officer responded by asking Ikhinmwin for her identification, at which point she also refused. She was then handcuffed and taken into police custody. “You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop,” said Ikhinmwin as she was placed into the back of a police cruiser. “Ma’am, you’re going to go to jail, that’s what’s going to happen. You’re already going to jail.”
Video of The Arrest
Here’s the video of the incident taking place, uploading by YouTube user: Abie Ikhinmwin, whom we believe is the college student in the video. The video is about 2 minutes long and reveals the verbal altercation between the SAPD officer and Ikhinmwin. The video cuts out just as the officer is placing the handcuffs on her. There are several other videos and photos of the incident online, which can you find by performing a basic Google search of the student’s name.
According to several local San Antonio news agencies, Ikhinmwin was given two citations: one for failure to obey a police officer and another for impeding traffic. It’s important to note, however, that she was originally arrested on a single charge of failure to provide proper identification to a police officer.
“I think there was somebody there that certainly seemed to be failing to obey the police officer’s orders,” said SAPD Sgt. Sgt. Javier Salazar in regards to the YouTube video published online.
Do you believe the SAPD acted inappropriately by arresting the college student?