WARNING: Graphic language in text and video.
Dash cam video and body cam video released by the Muskogee Police Department of the pepper spraying of an 84-year-old woman earlier this month was heavily edited when displayed on a Tulsa TV station and subsequently on social media.
The heavily edited videos portray Muskogee police as abruptly and aggressively spraying pepper spray into the face of Geneva Smith, apparently without any good reason.
But the full video (above) shows a different story. Police Officer Michelle Casady’s dash cam captures her attempting to pull over Arthur Blackmon, Smith’s son. Blackmon does not stop for Casady, instead pulling into Smith’s driveway and starting to get out of his truck.
“Stay in the car!” Casady orders clearly in the video. “Get in the car! Get in the car!”
Blackmon ignores her order, rushing up to and then into his mother’s house. At that point, according to officers interviewed by MuskogeeNOW.com, Casady had reason to fear for her safety, not knowing why Blackmon was in such a rush to get inside the house.
Blackmon then repeatedly refused to open the front door, using graphic language in response to her repeated requests to open the door. Police officers then kick in the door and begin issuing commands to Blackmon, which he appears to disobey, leading them to deploy a taser, immediately immobilizing him.
Smith starts to approach the police, and they order her to stay where she is.
“Get out of my goddamn face!” she yells at them.
“I’m 84 years old, fuckers, don’t fuck with me!” she later yells at the police, who are ordering her to turn around so they can take her into custody. “I ain’t turning around for shit!”
Only after that final refusal does Casady warn Smith that she will spray her, and then sprays Smith in the face with the pepper spray.
Blackmon was not the registered owner of the truck he was driving, nor was it registered to anyone at the house, which led police to suspect he might have broken in or invaded the home. They only learned it was his mother’s home after they had broken in the door.
Smith is no stranger to interactions with police. She was charged with drug trafficking in 2005, possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute in 1998 and larceny in 2011, when she was 79.
Her son, Arthur Blackmon, who was just released from prison in November and is on parole, has multiple felony charges on his record, including felony DUI (two charges), first-degree rape, robbery with firearms (three separate charges), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, felonious possession of a firearm and first-degree burglary.
Blackmon was convicted and received two four-year sentences for assault and burglary, a 30-year sentence for robbery with firearms and two 25-year sentences for robbery with a dangerous weapon after two or more felony convictions.
Another video, which we will post after we’re done processing it, shows Blackmon after his arrest at the police department saying “You lying motherfuckers. I was in my yard!”