Mom Says Police Held Her Down in a Bed of Fire Ants While Her 9-Year-Old Son Watched

 Mom Says Police Held Her Down in a Bed of Fire Ants While Her 9-Year-Old Son Watched

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A newly released video by Santa Fe police provides a fuller explanation of how an incident involving a Texas mother escalated, resulting in her being held face-down in the grass and attacked by fire ants. The body camera footage sheds light on the moments leading up to the incident with Taylor Rogers. The situation began when Rogers allegedly made an illegal turn onto the school grounds to drop off her son.

She was stopped by Santa Fe Police Chief Ruben Espinoza, who informed her that left turns were not permitted in that area. Instead of complying, Rogers drove off. Shortly after, Chief Espinoza discovered that Rogers was driving in reverse in the drop-off area, reports NBC News.

Acting quickly, Espinoza apprehended Rogers, taking her down and handcuffing her with her hands behind her back and her face pressed into the grass. During this time, Rogers began screaming that she was being bitten by fire ants. Photographs taken after the incident reveal the painful extent of the ant bites on her face.

The body camera footage captures Rogers’ distress as she screams about the ants on her face. The police chief noted that officers responded swiftly when Rogers alerted them to the ant bites. The video offers a detailed account of the chaotic sequence of events, highlighting the complications and quick decisions made during the encounter.

Authorities hope that the footage will provide a better understanding of the incident and the actions taken by the officers involved. This incident has sparked discussions about police response and handling of situations that quickly escalate. The release of the video aims to offer transparency and clarity regarding the events that unfolded, shedding light on both the challenges faced by law enforcement and the distress experienced by Rogers.

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