Chaunte Ford, a Minneapolis-area police officer, was formally charged with driving while intoxicated after she hit a parked car outside a bar. Police say Ford, 27, a black female, said, “F— the police! I f—ing hate cops and that I’m a cop! All you guys do is harass black people!”
Ford was arrested Aug. 5 and formally charged Monday with third-degree DWI, collision with an unattended vehicle, careless driving and interfering with a peace officer, Hennepin County jail records show. She appeared in court on Monday and will return Aug. 30,
Witnesses say Ford, a St. Louis Park, Minn., police officer, hit a parked car as she was leaving the bar in her Toyota Scion, according to Fox9. An off-duty officer claims Ford was driving with a deployed airbag and the car was riding on its front-right rim before she got out, KARE11 reports.
Police say Ford became “hostile” toward officers and even pulled down her pants, squatted and urinated on the ground before refusing a sobriety test. KARE11 reports once Ford was in custody, she submitted to a breath test where she blew at 0.20 — more than double the legal limit — nearly three hours after the arrest.
Here is what you need to know about Ford’s arrest:
1. Ford Is a Black Female Cop Who Said Cops ‘Harass Black People,’ Police Say
Ford is a black woman working as a police officer for a Minneapolis-area department. The 27-year-old St. Louis Park officer has worked at the department for six years, a spokesperson told KARE11.
Police stopped Ford after witnesses — including an off-duty officer — said she crashed into a parked car. When she was confronted by officers, Ford said “F— the police! I f—ing hate cops and that I’m a cop! All you guys do is harass black people!”
2. Ford’s Twitter Account Says Her Goal Is to Be ‘Best Damn Cop’ Ever
Although her account is locked and she’s only following nine people, Ford’s Twitter profile states her life goal is to be “the best damn cop there has ever been!!”
As of Tuesday, Ford doesn’t have any followers for an account launched four years ago.
The department Ford works for responded to 172 drunkenness calls and 101 DUIs last year, police data state.
3. Police Say Ford Pulled Down Her Pants, Squatted & Urinated on the Ground
The criminal complaint states Ford became more agitated as more police officers showed up, according to WCCO.
“F— you. I don’t need an ambulance. F— that and f— you,” Ford told police.
Police say Ford dropped her pants, squatted and urinated on the ground. The urination, along with the anti-police statements, contributed to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing police.
4. Ford Has 3 Tickets Within the Past 7 Years, Including Speeding & Violating Seat Belt Laws
A review of court records show Ford, who has been with the police department for six years, according to department spokesperson, has been convicted of three separate charges within seven years. The most recent, a seat belt ticket, was in May.
The seat belt violation, committed in St. Paul-centric Ramsey County, is a petty misdemeanor. She was fined $111 for the violation.
The 2009 petty misdemeanor cost Ford $115 and the 2014 charge cost her $145, court records show.
5. Ford Was Placed on Leave by the City She Works For
Ford is still awaiting her fate in the future of the St. Louis Park police department, but a spokesperson told KARE11 the city is determining what to do next:
“St. Louis Park Police Officer Chaunte Ford was placed on administrative leave on Saturday, August 6, 2016. We are determining the appropriate time to begin an internal review,” reads a statement released by the city. “The St. Louis Park Police Department and the City of St. Louis Park expect the highest standards of conduct from our employees, and these charges are troubling.”
The city in 2012 paid Ford $3,500 for “tuition,” city records show, through what appears to be an employee tuition reimbursement program.
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