Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, have released footage of officers mistakenly arresting a Black teacher in her driveway back in June.
On June 14, the educator, only identified as J. Horne, was in her driveway inside of her vehicle when at least 10 police cars arrived and surrounded her, WCNC reports.
In the video, officers can be heard telling Horne to “Put your hands up” as they pointed their guns, according to WSOC-TV.
“Got anything in your shoes or anything? No weed, nothing like that?” one of the officers asked, WSOC-TV reports.
“I don’t smoke. I’m a school teacher. I don’t understand what’s going on,” Horne replied.
Horne recalled the incident, saying she was “ambushed by the police” and was “already sitting in my car in front of my house when they stopped me and they followed me.”
Horne said she was unaware why she was being surrounded by officers outside of her home. According to WSOC-TV, officers were looking for a suspect who shared a similar name with the teacher.
“[The cop] never asks me for my driver’s license or registration until he handcuffed me and put me in the back of the car,” she said. “I’m just confused, what’s going on? I have a clean record. I’m a school teacher.”
“‘Get out of the car, get out of the car, get out now,'” Horne recalled of the officer’s command. “And I’m like, ‘What?’ No ‘Can I see your license and registration?’ No ‘Excuse me ma’am.’ None of that,” she said.