Police officer drags old woman out of her car

Lynn Bedford 
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) Outrage is growing after a video is circulating, which shows a police officer dragging an old woman out of her car.

The local Texas police department is standing by the officer, who dragged a grandmother, 77, out of her car for speeding after she repeatedly refused to provide her driver's license.

The whole arrest was caught on video by the Keene Police Department.
The woman, Lynn Bedford, near Cleburne, was arrested on August 19, for driving 66 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone.

Bedford told Sgt. Gene Geheb that she had a bladder infection and had to go to the bathroom, but the situation deteriorated rapidly when the officer asked several times for her identification and she refused.

"Just hurry up, I have to go to the bathroom," she said.

"Let me see your driver's license and insurance, please," asked the officer. She repeatedly denied.

"No, I want to see your driver's license and insurance, please, and then I'll listen," said the officer.

"I'll give it to you in a minute," she said.

"No, give it to me, or I'm taking you to jail," he said.

"Well, go ahead," she said.

The officer then pulled her out of the car and handcuffed her.

Bedford’s lawyer, Clay Graham, of Fort Worth, said the officer exaggerated.

"The officer is not very interested in hearing what she has to say," said Graham. "She gets a little frustrated and then he overwhelms her. That's what I see. This traffic stop was ridiculous."

Graham said Bedford was injured during the arrest.

Bedford said she is not interested in filing a lawsuit at this time, but does not rule out doing so in the future.
The lawyer said the woman was returning home from playing the piano at church when the incident occurred.

In a statement, Police Chief Rocky Alberti Keene stood by the officer's actions.

"This incident has been thoroughly reviewed by the Police Department and by the city of Keene Administration," Alberti said in a written statement.

"All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state law or department policy, and indeed was following department policy in regard to offenders who do not show ID."



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