Texas officer questioned for yanking 77-year-old from car during traffic stop

People are debating whether or not a police officer in Texas handled a situation appropriately.

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8:32 PM CDT, September 14, 2012



People are debating whether or not a police officer in Texas handled a situation appropriately.

The traffic stop on Aug. 19 on Highway 67 started like most.

Sergeant Gene Geheb pulled over 77-year-old Lynn Bedford. The officer's dash and chest cam were rolling.

Bedford: "Alright let's hurry up, I’ve got to go to the bathroom."

Geheb: "Let me see your driver's license and insurance please."

Bedford: "I have a bladder infection."

Geheb: "Let me see your driver's license, please."

Bedford: "You listen to me."

Geheb: “No. I want your driver's license and insurance, please. Then I will listen to you."

Bedford: "Why? Why are you going to wait?"

Geheb: "Let me see your driver's license."

Bedford: "I will give it to you in a minute."

Geheb: "You are going to give it to me now, or I’m taking you to jail."

Bedford: "Well, go ahead."

Sergeant Geheb then opened the car door and grabbed Bedford by the arm.

Geheb: "Step out of the vehicle. Get out of the vehicle. Get out of the vehicle."

Geheb kept pulling Bedford’s arm.

Bedford: "You are hurting me"

Geheb: "Get out of the vehicle."

Bedford: "I'm going to report you for hurting me."

Geheb: "Okay. Step out of the vehicle."

Bedford: "You twisted my arm"

Seconds later, the sergeant pulled Bedford out of the vehicle.

Geheb: "You're under arrest"

Bedford's attorney Clay Graham said the officer went too far.

"She’s very disappointed to learn that instead of being protected or served she's basically antagonized and assaulted."

Graham said Sergeant Geheb had other options.

"Which would have been get back in the squad car, follow her home, follow her to the nearest comfort room and let her use the restroom and then issue a citation or do whatever he had discretion to do."

Keene Police turned down our request for an on camera interview but the department's chief released the following statement:

"The incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the city of Keene administration. All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards to violators not providing information."

On the day of the stop, the chief went to the scene. After talking to both parties, Bedford was released and she received citations for speeding and failing to show ID.

Chief: "Are you going to be able to drive?"

"Well I'll tell you what I’m pretty shaky. I never thought I would be treated like this"

Bedford's attorney said his client wants an apology from Sgt. Gehab.

He also said she was bruised during the incident and still has problems with her left arm.

He is calling for an independent investigation and plans to send the case to the Johnson County district attorney's office.