Caught on Camera: SAPD Officer Arrests Woman Waiting for Bus, but WHY?


For 25-year-old Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin, a criminal justice student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the police speed trap along Highway 281 was fascinating last Friday. So she took pictures and began to share them.

“I put it on Facebook. I told my friends, ‘This is where our funding is going, straight into hard police work,’” Ikhinmwin told KENS 5.

But what happened next shocked the UTSA student, and it was all captured on her cellphone. Click here to see the videos.

Caught on Camera SAPD Officer Arrests Woman Waiting for Bus, but WHY

“You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop,” Ikhinmwin tells a San Antonio police officer in the video.

“I don’t want to hurt you,” the officer responds. “M’aam, you’re going to go to jail, that’s what’s going to happen. You’re already going to jail.”

“OK. I’m recording this. Keep talking.”

Within minutes, Ikhinmwin went from waiting for a bus to riding in the back of a squad car.

Ikhinmwin claims it all began when an officer told her to remove her bike from the driveway because she was a traffic hazard.


Ikhinmwin told KENS 5 that she complied by putting the bike — and herself — inside the curb at the bus stop.

A San Antonio Police Department report confirms Ikhinmwin’s story. But what the report doesn’t show is captured in video, as Ikhinmwin continued to point her cellphone at the officer who approached her, capturing what she claims is harassment.

“What’s the traffic violation? I’m 12 inches from the curb. Am I not 12 inches within the curb?”

“No m’aam. It’s not the curb.”

“OK. What is it?”

“Let me see some ID, please. Let me see some ID.”


Ikhinmwin told the I-Team she was eventually dragged by her hair into a squad car, but not before suffering bruises that would keep her out of school for a week. Her bike was confiscated, along with her school books and computer.

“I’ve never been so dehumanized in my life,” Ikhinmwin added.

Once inside the police car, Ikhinmwin said the officer warned her that she would not see any of her belongings, should she press charges against him. Ikhinmwin did anyway.

SAPD Sgt. Javier Salazar said the department views the video with a different perspective.

“I think there was somebody there that certainly seemed to be failing to obey the police officer’s orders,” he said in response to KENS 5′s report.

The department said the video shows the officer giving a lawful order, but an investigation was launched anyway, as is the course of action when there is a complaint.

Ikhinmwin was issued two citations at the scene: failure to obey a police officer and impeding traffic. But the student was arrested on a charge of failure to provide identification to a police officer.

Ironically, Ikhinmwin was once an intern at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. She may soon be making a visit to her old office space to watch the wheels of justice from a more-involved perspective.


3 Responses

  1. archie1954 says:

    In this case what in heck is a lawful order? If she wasn’t breaking the law what is a lawful order?

  2. It’s cops everywhere 5WarVeteran. We have them here too in Wisconsin. Adrenalin junkies with holier than though attitudes. Theirs is coming though.

  3. 5WarVeteran says:

    This is what I have come to expect from Texass.

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