As reported by KSTP-TV, on July 12, 2019, a black woman was distributing food when she was pulled over to a traffic stop, which escalated when the police pulled out her gun within sixty seconds and pointed to the woman.
In October, based at Minneapolis Park Officials Calvin PhamBodycam footage, officer pointing his weapon Janice Hodge After pulling him to the traffic stop. According to a Raw story, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board awarded Hodge a $100,000 settlement.
Body camera video of Minneapolis Park police officer Calvin Pham shows him telling 42-year-old Janice Hodge that he pulled her over because she was using her phone and wearing a seatbelt inappropriately.
“I’m using my GPS to drop my food,” Hodges explained to the officer.
“And when I drove behind you, you didn’t have a seatbelt,” Pham pointed to the driver.
“Because I wear it that way,” Hodges demonstrated, taking the strap off his shoulder.
Pham then requests his driver’s license and insurance card, and Hodge reaches the back of his vehicle to hand over his identity to him to retrieve his purse. He immediately pulls his gun out of his holster and tells Hodge to get out of his car.
“I didn’t even have my driver’s license, and I had a gun to my head,” she said. “You haven’t seen the gun; You didn’t ask if I had a gun; You reacted to what you saw in my wallet.
Hodge has a valid gun permit, but the car did not have a firearm.
Hodge said she feared her life would end like this Philando Castile, a 32-year-old African-American man was fatally shot in a routine traffic stop. He told an officer that he had a permit to carry a firearm and was killed by the Minneapolis-St. anthony police officer geronimo yanezu in 2016. Yanez was later acquitted, Raw Story reports.
Retired Chicago Police Commander Mark Baslick Reviewed the tapes and said the officer should not have fired his gun at Hodge based on his observation.
Buslick said the officer should have asked Hodge if his gun was in the car with him.
“The more appropriate response would have been, ‘Ma’am, do you have a gun?'” he said.
However, Pham never inquired about the gun as the body camera video shows and never questioned Hodge’s permit.
Hodge was awarded a $100,000 lawsuit settlement based on the officer’s body camera video.
Pham documented the incident in his police report, citing that he believed ‘Janice may have had a gun’ when he noticed that she had a permit card in her wallet; However, Pham never said that he saw an actual weapon in his report KSTP-TV reports.
Hodge is concerned for others who may find themselves in his position.
“You never know when it’s your turn,” she said.