Calls To Sack US Cop After Arrest Of Black Activist

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

This is the moment US cops handcuff a black activist after receiving noise complaints, leading to a petition calling for the arresting officer to be sacked.


The incident took place in the neighbourhood of Shipoke in the city of Harrisburg located in the US state of Pennsylvania at around 11.30pm on 7th November.

City officials released the body-cam video on 10th November after the activist, identified as 39-year-old Kimeka Campbell, called on the cop to be fired.

The arrest saw Campbell led away in handcuffs while one of her pals was reportedly pepper sprayed during the confrontation.


In the footage, Campbell is seen complaining that the officer let himself into the property she shares with her husband through a gate at night.

The officer explains that he shone his torch and was allowed to enter the property because he was looking into complaints of loud noise coming from the house.

Following a tense confrontation with Campbell and several friends, two cops dragged the activist out of her garden and into a patrol car.


Campbell, who co-founded the Young Professionals of Colour group in Harrisburg several years ago, reportedly spent around 40 minutes at the police station and was booked for making excess noise and disorderly conduct.

A petition was launched this week calling for the arresting cop to be sacked that received nearly 1,000 signatures by Tuesday evening.

Harrisburg mayor Eric Papenfuse said that city officials have viewed the body-cam video and believe that the cop managed a tricky situation in the right way.


The video was posted later on Tuesday evening to be transparent with the public.

Papenfuse said it was “absolutely legal” for the cop to enter the garden to probe the noise complaint.

He added that people at the house who were “blocking the arrest” were given a warning before a cop used pepper spray.


The mayor also called it “reprehensible” that so many people would sign a petition calling for the cop to be sacked without knowing all the facts first.

The investigation is ongoing.

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