A Texas woman’s claims of sexual assault at the hands of a state trooper on Sunday have withered following the release of body camera footage that appears to exonerate the accused officer.
As WFAA reports, the video evidence is so compelling it has already resulted in a public apology by the accuser’s attorney.
Sherita Dixon-Cole lodged a civil rights complaint against Department of Public Safety Trooper Daniel Hubbard following a traffic stop that resulted in her arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Attorney Lee Merritt has since pursued the alleged violation, which Dixon-Cole claimed began with unwanted sexual advances during the traffic stop. She said Hubbard eventually forced her into his vehicle where he groped and sexually assaulted her.
The lawyer quickly walked back those allegations in light of video evidence he says seems to fundamentally contradict his client’s claims.
“The body camera footage released directly conflicts with the accounts reported to my office,” he wrote. “There is no readily apparent evidence of tampering with the footage.”
Merritt released a lengthier statement on Facebook.
*************Press Release concerning released body-cam footage by Texas DPS***************Statement The body…
DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel issued a statement confirming that the body camera evidence clears the trooper.
“The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the egregious and unsubstantiated accusations against the Trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect,” he said. “The Department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public.”
[Featured image: Texas Department of Public Safety, video screenshot]