Late Monday, Oregon State Police released body cam footage of their interaction with Genesis Hansen on Sunday, October 12. At one point the officer says, “It is customary in our society that when a police officer, who’s clearly identifies as such, tells you to pull over for a violation, you go along with the program.” The officer then tells Hansen she is lawfully required to provide identification.
However, according the the ACLU, Hansen was not required to provide an identification card.
The video is about 38 minutes long, with the arrest taking place about 21 minutes in – some readers may find it disturbing.
OSP released a statement saying, “As an agency that is committed to eliminating racial profiling and implicit bias in policing, these allegations are being meticulously reviewed and we are compiling as much information as possible.”
Earlier on Monday, the NAACP released a statement saying,
“We are very concerned how a potential citation can result in a young woman being physically abused by police officers, and ultimately charged for the offenses committed against her. This behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated in our society.”
The NAACP is calling for action as follows:
- Benton County District Attorney to withdraw all charges against Genesis Hansen in relation to this incident
- Both Oregon State Police and Corvallis Police Departments issue an official apology to both Ms. Hansen and the Corvallis community.
- Oregon State University officials to provide support and assist Ms. Hansen in dealing with this experience.
- Meet and work directly with Corvallis NAACP Branch to adjudicate and educate around this issue. You can expect our Organization, the NAACP to take immediate civic action in Corvallis in order to meet these demands.RELATED:
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