When baton-wielding police began to whack Askia Sabur in front of a West Philadelphia Chinese carryout earlier this month, Kimla Robinson whipped out her cell phone to record the incident.
Moments after Robinson, 47, snapped a few shots of the chaotic scene, she claims an officer grabbed her by the ponytail, slammed her against the police cruiser and pushed her into the back seat. She said her forehead smacked into the opposite-side car door.
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“I thought they were going to realize they made a mistake but that never happened,” she said. Robinson was arrested for disorderly conduct stemming from the Sept. 3 incident on Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Street after, police said, the retired Philadelphia School District counselor failed to leave the scene.
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She was also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person for allegedly attempting to kick an officer in the groin after the officer said he tried to prevent her from removing her handcuffs with a key at the police station, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
During her preliminary hearing yesterday, the officer said one of Robinson’s wrists was cuffed to the bench, although Robinson claims both hands were cuffed behind her back. The officer was unclear as to how Robinson got a key. She denied the officer’s allegations.