CNN’s John King reports this incident, which occurred three years ago at a Walmart in Kennett, Missouri a community “known for racial tension.” Randi Kaye states that this is a classic he-said, she-said case where an African-American preacher’s daughter is being accused of cutting the line and “getting belligerent with the cashier.” White officers were called to the store, they claim, because Ms. Heather Ellis was “yelling and cursing.” So what happened when she was escorted out of the store?
Police say she started threatening them and became combative and resisted arrest, stiffening her body and such. Ms. Ellis remembers it differently: the white officers followed her out of the store with a series of racial remarks that included the “N-word and everything you could imagine.”
Ms. Ellis is facing 15 years in prison if found guilty of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. She’s never been in trouble with the law.
What do you think may have happened here?
Follow correspondent Randi Kaye’s blog for the latest on this case. The comments are interesting and worth a read. The web, which enables anonymous and uncensored streams of thought, is a true barometer for what people in this country attitudes towards race.