Video shows a Dallas cop plucking a Black protester from a crowd, pulling her to the ground by her arm and arresting her after the sentencing of ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger.
“This is why we hate you, you b—–s. This is why we hate you,” one woman can be heard screaming at police in one of several videos taken of the incident Wednesday night.
Safiya Paul, 31, was arrested on charges she obstructed a highway or passageway, police told Atlanta Black Star in an email Thursday.
The woman was shown on video slowly walking in the street before her arrest.
“Let her go. Let her go,” another protester shouted at police.
Police said in a public statement protesters assembled around 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Crowley Courts Building and they marched into the streets, “blocking traffic in all directions” at Riverfront Boulevard and Commerce Street.
“Warnings were given and police response teams were called to the scene,” police said in the statement.
“Eventually, they cleared the roadway and began to march through the streets in downtown Dallas,” police said. “Due to safety concerns, the protesters were warned several times to clear the roadway.”
Paul was booked into the Dallas County Jail and later released on a $500 bond, police said.
The protest eventually ended at the courthouse around 10 p.m., police said.
The crowd had assembled to protest the 10-year sentence Guyger received in the death of PwC associate Botham Jean. Guyger was sentenced by the jury, which was composed of 10 nonwhite jurors.
She will be eligible for parole after five years, according to several media outlets.
Many have criticized the sentence as too lenient after Guyger testified during the trial that she intended to kill Jean when she shot the 26-year-old in his own apartment Sept. 6, 2018.
Racist and violent texts and social media posts Guyger shared were also revealed, during the sentencing phase.
Black Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall told the media during a news conference Wednesday that the testimony that came out during the trial is not reflective of the police department.
“The men and women of the Dallas Police Department show up everyday with integrity, professionalism and dedication to protecting the residents of this community,” Hall said, “and it doesn’t reflect where I want to take this organization along with my command staff.”