The 25-year-old student claims officers called her the “Nigerian nightmare” while booking her into jail.
The next thing Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin knew, she was being hauled off to jail last week. And suffering further indignation, the student claims that police referred to her as “Nigerian nightmare” as she was booked.
She was issued two citations at the scene: failure to obey a police officer and impeding traffic. However, she states that she was arrested on a charge of failure to provide identification to a police officer.
The incident occurred when a police officer approached the bus stop where she was filming and asked her to move her bike. After she complied, he reportedly demanded to see her I.D., she said. She was promptly arrested when she refused.
The former intern at the Bexar County district attorney’s office filmed the entire incident on her cellphone.
“You can’t just arrest me for sitting at a bus stop,” Ikhinmwin tells a San Antonio police officer in the video.
“I don’t want to hurt you,” the officer responds. “M’am, you’re going to go to jail, that’s what’s going to happen. You’re already going to jail.”
Despite the video, police offered a different take.
“I think there was somebody there that certainly seemed to be failing to obey the police officer’s orders,” SAPD Sgt. Javier Salazart explained in the report.