TEXAS- Sherita Dixon-Cole, a 37-year-old woman from northeast Texas, was pulled over early Sunday by a Department of Public Safety officer who suspected her of driving while intoxicated.
Dixon- Cole story changed, that alarmed officers when she claimed the trooper repeatedly told her, he would let her go in exchange for sexual favours.
According to the statement on Monday from her attorney Dixon-Colesaid no, she claimed the trooper sexually assaulted her.
Her story was went viral on social media, helped by social media activist and blogger Shaun King, who brought attention to an attorney who was caught on camera making xenophobic comments about Spanish speaking employees at a New York deli.
King wrote in a post, “This system was not designed to protect us – it was designed to punish us – and for it to do anything other than that – we must force it to work on our behalf.”
However on Tuesday the Texas Department of Safety released nearly two hours of body camera footage that completely contradicts Dixon Cole’s claims. Parts of the video is blurred and inaudible to protect Dixon-Cole’s personal information, the video shows her being pulled over and asked to take a sobriety test. The video then shows her being handcuffed, sent to the Ellis County jail, where she’s charged with a DUI.
She was released Sunday night after posting bond.
Dixon-Cole attorney Lee Merritt released a statement after the video was released, he wrote,”It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family,”
“I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern.”
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