(Update) 09/23/14: KMZU news has been informed by Carrollton Police Chief Robert Turner that the investigation is on-going. A press release from the department Saturday evening indicated Robertson became uncooperative and two of the three officers involved were wearing body cameras that show they did nothing wrong. However, that footage, according to Chief Turner, would not be made available until after the investigation is complete.
KMZU News issued a (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act Request under Missouri Sunshine Laws this (Tue) morning for access to or copies of the officer’s video. The Carrolton Police Department has three business days under the sunshine laws to either show legal cause for not releasing the footage or turn over the requested material.
KMZU News has also learned of several traffic violations in the past by Carrie Robertson, including a guilty plea to exceeding the speed limit by at least 26 miles-per-hour in Lee’s Summit back in October of 2011. According to online court documents Robertson failed to initially appear for court and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Robertson also has been served arrest warrants in the past for failing to appear for other minor traffic violations.
KMZU News will continue its investigation and will bring you more information as it becomes available.
Contributing Author: Kristie Cross
Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Carrollton resident Carrie Robertson:
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The preceding interview contains allegations made solely by Ms. Robertson and are not the opinions of KMZU or Kanza Broadcasting. The Carrollton Police Department is conducting an investigation and will issue more information at its conclusion.
Carrollton Police Department Statement
On Friday, September 19, 2014 at approximately 2:15 p.m., an officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 800 block of South Main Street. As a result of the stop, the driver, Carrie L. Robertson, was taken into custody following an altercation involving three officers. The incident is under review per department policy and protocol.
Due to the internal inquiry, not all facts can be released at this time. However, some basic information is being released in an effort to expand transparency of the department.
- The initial traffic stop occurred as a result of alleged excessive speed
- Other alleged motor vehicle related violations were discovered during the stop
- When the primary officer attempted to issue citations, the driver became uncooperative and failed to obey lawful orders
- During an altercation while officers attempted to effect an arrest of the driver, oleoresin capsicum spray was deployed twice following multiple verbal warnings
- Following the initial deployment of the oleoresin capsicum spray, the primary officer requested an ambulance for the driver, per his training
- The driver was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment
Additionally, the incident, including the altercation, was video and audio recorded by body-worn cameras worn by two officers.
Robertson was transported to the Ray County Detention Center following her arrest. She was released today at approximately 2:15 p.m. without bond. A judge has issued a criminal summons for charges of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor. Robertson is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Reminder: All suspects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.