Erika Strictland (pictured) was mistaken for a police chase suspect and reportedly subjected to the ruffian tactics of the Georgia State Patrol, according to WSB-TV. Strictland is now demanding an apology for the humiliation and fear she says she suffered as a result.
The Metro Atlanta jail supervisor told WSB-TV that Georgia state troopers had been chasing a motorcyclist for miles along a stretch of highway. When the trooper spotted Strictland, he pulled her over, as she was riding a motorcycle that was similar to the suspect’s. According to a police video, the suspect was wearing a reflective vest, which Strictland was not wearing. Strictland also sported a bright pink mohawk helmet which the suspect also did not wear.
Strictland, a breast cancer survivor, told the news outlet she feared for her life when trooper W.E. Tatum approached her vehicle, then reportedly slammed her to the ground and put a gun right in her face. ”Words cannot explain the way I felt having a gun in my face and then being slammed to the ground for something that I didn’t do,” Strickland said. “I had to be on the ground like that. That is just really embarrassing to me.”
Another officer eventually arrived on the scene to inform Tatum he had the wrong suspect.
Tatum reportedly admits pushing Strickland to the ground and pointing his weapon at her because he claims she did not comply with his command to put her hands up. Strictland argued that her bike would have jerked if she had.
The young woman who became emotional as she recanted her story to WSB-TV went on to state, ”I knew if I would have let go and the bike did that jerking movement, I would have gotten shot!”
Strictland says she is hopeful that the Georgia State Patrol will right their wrong by apologizing.