BODYCAM: Video Clears Officer of Assault Alleged by Activist & Lawyer

Activist Shaun King has deleted social media posts but has yet to explain or apologize for the allegations

By Calibre Press  |   May 23, 2018

From EastTexasMatters.com: 

ELLIS COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Texas Department of Public Safety has released lengthy body cam footage of the arrest of a Texas woman who an activist and lawyer claimed was raped by the arresting trooper.

In multiple recently deleted social media posts by “activist” Shaun King, he claimed Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, of Grapevine, was “kidnapped and raped by a Texas state trooper before being booked into the Ellis County Jail,” over the weekend.

He also said he demanded the arresting trooper have all of his clothes from his shift fully tested for bodily fluids.

King goes on to say Dixon-Cole is a “close personal friend of civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, Esq.,” who ended up taking her case.

Upon hearing of the accusations of wrongdoing on behalf of the trooper, DPS immediately began an investigation into the matter even going as far as to release body cam footage of the arrest and booking process.

According to DPS, on Sunday around 1:30 a.m., a trooper performed a stop on a car driven by Dixon-Cole, for a traffic violation on Interstate 35, near US 287 in Ellis County.

Based on the traffic stop, Dixon-Cole was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). The driver, identified as Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, from Grapevine, was arrested and booked into the Ellis County Jail, where she was charged with DWI.

“Following the arrest, spurious and false accusations related to this traffic stop were made against the Texas trooper,” DPS said in a statement. “The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the egregious and unsubstantiated accusations against the trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect. The department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public.”

At the department’s request, the Ellis County District Attorney’s Office reviewed video of the traffic stop and arrest, and authorized the release of the video.

Although King has only deleted his social media posts and has yet to issue a correction or apology, Merritt was forced to release a retraction of the original claims brought forth by King and himself concerning the arrest after DPS released video footage completely contradicting what the pair had initially said.

 

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