On Wednesday evening (June 3), an Orange County Sheriff's deputy smashed a woman's car window near an Orlando "Justice for George Floyd" protest, after he said the woman was impeding traffic by stopping her vehicle with its hazard lights on. The stop was near Curry Ford Road and Chickasaw Trail.
After being taken to the hospital with cuts and minor injuries, the driver was not arrested.
The driver claimed that she was "not doing anything besides driving," after the deputy asked her to "get out of the car." One of the deputies stated she was committing a traffic violation and that she "was being detained." The driver kept her window barely open and did not get out of the car. The deputy then stated that she needed to get out of the car, "or we're going to remove you out of the car, your choice."
Sheriff Mina is briefing the media regarding video of a traffic stop circulating on social media. pic.twitter.com/tVcmk8uKUB— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 4, 2020
As the driver did not step out of the car, the officer proceeded to reach through the window and inside the car as the driver attempted to roll up the window. The driver screamed and then the deputy hit the car window with his baton until it shattered. In the video, glass is seen flying onto the driver and into the passenger seat.
The driver sustained minor cuts to her face. While in the deputies' car, she stated, "I need help, I'm bleeding, I need an ambulance." The deputy called for rescue and she was transported to the hospital.
Orlando Weekly received video of this event from the driver's point of view on Thursday. It is embedded below. Content warning: shattering glass, extremely close POV.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.