Makia Smith told WBAL-TV she was simply trying to film how some Baltimore City police officers were handling a juvenile on May 4, 2012 when one of those officers threatened her and destroyed her phone.
“I was trying to get some pictures on my phone. I didn’t get a chance to do anything,” she said.
Smith wound up getting arrested and spent 24 hours in Central Booking.
She’s now suing the four officers who took her into custody.
Last year, a large group of youths had gathered in the 2800 block of Harford Road. As Smith sat in traffic, she witnessed several officers surrounding a boy.
“What alarmed me the most is that one of the officers was kneeled down, with his knee pressed against the young man’s temple,” Smith said.
She told WBAL-TV she grabbed her phone and started recording – and that got the attention of one of the policemen.
She said the officer came over and instructed her get back return to her vehicle. She said she was just trying to make sure the boy wasn’t being injured.
“When I proceeded to get back in the car, he yanked my phone out of my hand and kicked it and stomped it. I was trying to get my other foot in the car. He grabbed me by my hair and pulled me out of the car,” Smith said. “He said to me, ‘So you want to film things, b—-? I should have knocked your teeth out.'”
Smith was then arrested and the police report indicates she tried to injure one of the officers – a charge she denies.
The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Smith.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.