“Get in the goddamn car,” Jones is heard yelling while approaching Smith’s vehicle in the video released by police. Smith responds by screaming, “No.”
By the time Jones reaches the car, Smith is seated inside with the door closed, according to the video. He appears to open the door and begin to try to pull her out of the car by her arm as she tells him to “get off me” and eventually starts to cry, the video shows.
What happens next is unclear; during a jumbled 10-second portion of the video, the officer appears to fall and cry out. When he stands, Smith’s car has reversed several feet. The video shows Jones then pulls his gun and points it at Smith, still in the vehicle, while commanding her to get out of the car. When she exits the vehicle, he grabs her by the arm again and puts her on her stomach on the ground, where he handcuffs her.
At this point, Smith is crying and arguing with the man, who had approached and mentions a child possibly in the backseat of the car, according to the video footage. Jones tells the man to stay away from the car, sit down and be quiet, before using his radio to ask for AMR and say his arm might be broken, according to the video.
In an EPD news release, Winsett said Jones tried to gain control of the situation and place Smith in custody. He said that as Jones was trying to handcuff Smith, she went back to her car, with Jones still holding onto her, Winsett said. She then put the car in reverse and sped up in an attempt to free herself from Jones, Winsett said.
Winsett said in a release that Jones was able to free himself from the vehicle after being dragged for about a city block. In the video released by EPD, it is unclear what exactly happens after Jones attempts to pull Smith from the car. He appears to fall and cry out. When he stands, Smith’s car appears to have reversed, but not the length of a city block.
After backup officers arrived, another officer took Jones to a local hospital, Winsett said.