FORNEY, Texas -
A North Texas woman is calling for police reform after Forney police mistakenly pulled her over and handcuffed her at gunpoint in front of her children.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Kametra Barbour said she and her children are still deeply affected by what happened on Aug. 9.
Forney officers responded to a 911 call about four armed men in a tan car. The caller thought the men exited the highway and that's where officers stopped Barbour, who was in a burgundy car.
Video of the incident shows the officers treating Barbour like a felony suspect. Their guns were drawn as she walked backward toward them with her hands in the air.
Her four children in the car were terrified.
“What is going on? Oh my God, you will terrify my children,” she can be heard saying in the video.
The officers eventually discovered their mistake and let the family go, but Barbour said her children are still fearful and refuse to go downstairs at night. She also won't leave her home at night because of what happened.
“In lieu of the recent media attention on police brutality of African American men, Ms. Barbour and her children feared for their life during the traffic stop although they were not in violation of the law,” the Rev. Frederick Haynes, III from Friendship West Baptist Church said in a statement.
Pastor Haynes, Barbour and her attorney demanded justice and police reform. They want the Forney Police Department to add racial sensitivity training, diversity and a civilian review board.
Barbour's family also said it will officially file a lawsuit by the end of the week, suing for damages.
Forney PD stands behind its officer's actions, saying the “officers acted accordingly and professionally based on the information they were given at the time of the traffic stop, and they adjusted their methods accordingly when the situation presented itself to be otherwise.”
The department said the officers acknowledged that the vehicle descriptions didn't match, but were told by dispatch that the 911 caller said “They got him!”
And given that the caller reported weapons, the felony traffic stop was stand procedure. The response was deescalated when officers realized children were involved, police said.
“We again apologize to Mrs. Barbour and her family for the situation they were involved in that evening. Furthermore, we sincerely appreciate the cooperation of Mrs. Barbour,” Forney PD said.
Police said Barbour spoke with a Sergeant after the incident, but did not return calls afterward or file an official complaint.
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