Monday, February 1, 2016

Diamond Harris pleads guilty

Diamond Harris pleaded guilty to four charges in Flowood Municipal Court in December. The 21 year-old black female was arrested by Flowood police in August after she refused to provide her license during a traffic stop, attempted to drive away from police, and then struggled when police tried to remove her from the car. Harris recorded part of the incident and gave the video to WAPT. JJ obtained the police reports and convictions through a public records request. Readers may remember this video broadcast on WAPT:

The police report states Flowood police Sergeant Jimmy Hall saw Harris ran a redlight at East Metro and McKenzie streets. She turned onto Lakeland Drive. Hall stopped her and then approached her on the right side of the car because she was on the fog line. Harris rolled down the window only a couple of inches. Hall asked her to roll down the window. The report states that she complied "slowly". Hall asked her to give him her driver's license and proof of insurance. She told him "she did not have to do so". He asked the to do so several more times. Harris placed the vehicle in reverse and then into drive. Hall asked for backup while Harris returned the vehicle to the parked position. She still refused to give Hall her license and insurance documents. She used her iphone to record the incident. She then called the Flowood police department to "report the incident".

Other units arrived and blocked the front and rear of her car with their vehicles. The WAPT video shows her attempting to drive off while the police had his arms in her car.  Police opened the door and told her to get out. The report states that she resisted and struggled. Police told her to stop resisting or else they would use a taser. She continued to resist so a taser was used on the lower parts of her body.

However, Harris told WAPT she was "scared" and asked police if "this was like Sandra Bland".  Attorney Dennis Sweet represented Harris.  She pleaded guilty to failure to exhibit driver's license on demand, abuse calls to emergency telephone service, resisting arrest, disobeying a traffic control device,  and disorderly conduct. She was fined $1,050 and court costs.

Note: Observations made in earlier post:

 *She repeatedly refused to give her license to the police.  The police asked her over a dozen  times for her license and she told them she would not give to them each time.
*She refused to get out of her car when asked to do so.
*She told police she was "fixing to" pull off. Um, the cop has his hands on the window.  He is standing right by the window.  She told him she was driving away.  Car could potentially be a weapon at that point and she is now fleeing the police.  Which is better? Chasing her through traffic or stopping her before she drives off?
*Other police officers (not connected with Flowood PD or Rankin SO) told JJ they thought the young girl tried to set up the police as she kept re-setting the camera angle.
*She raised the window up on the police.

Kingfish note: This woman is really dumb, as in brain-dead dumb. Quit letting Facebook memes do your thinking for you.


Anonymous said...

Question. What does the law say about complying with a request to show your license?

toejangle said...

I got money that says next time she will be happy to cooperate with a cheery My pleasure officers...

Anonymous said...

Must produce. In MS. having a drivers' license is considered a privilege not a right

Anonymous said...

@3:27, I don't know, but I don't like having to roll down my window to show my license. Because then an officer can say they smell marajuana/alcohol coming from the inside of your car. How can you prove they didn't (even if you don't use marajuana/alcohol)? I like the FairDUI website approach, that you put your license in a ziplock bag outside of your window with the sign of no consent to search, remaining silent, and wanting a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

I've never encountered anything like what she alleges.

Of course, I tend to cooperate when police officers make a simple request of me.

Anonymous said...

She should have gunned the car and headed for Jackson.
Then she would not have had to pay a fine.

Anonymous said...

She should have never stopped in the first placed and drove as fast as she could to Ward 3.

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:38, give that a try and report back to us.....

Anonymous said...

I've got a solution for this, and other, brain dead jackholians. Stay the hell across the river.

Anonymous said...

A ward 3 product. Stokes should be proud of her. #boycottjackson

Anonymous said...

Is this the lady that said nothing would happen to her because I she worked for a Hinds Courty Circuit judge?

Kingfish said...


Dopkit said...

Go to YouTube and check out officer Terigi Rossi. This is very common these days. I doubt she ran a red light. Common phony reason officers stop individuals.

Cra Cra in Flowood said...

Her plan to become famous and make millions backfired. Sometimes playing the race card doesn't pay off.

Anonymous said...

"Is this like Sandra Bland." Yeah it is. If she would have shut her mouth and handed over her license and insurance, she would have been on her way in under 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

It just doesn't pay to be stupid.

Policiaca said...

A police officer cannot ask for your ID without reasonable suspicion of a crime. For example, if are parked in your car on a public street all day you cannot be asked for ID unless he has reasonable, articulable suspicion of a crime. Even if a nosy neighbor reports you as suspicious activity, he can't do it. Police officers lie every day and say they can do it due to "everything going on in the world right now." They also can't force you to get out of your car during a traffic stop. Never, ever get out and VIDEO every interaction with law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

I'd hit it.

Hellestoy said...

She's definitely good-looking enough to mess around with and MAY like older white guys.

Anonymous said...

I know Sgt. Jimmy Hall. He is a soft-spoken, professional. She picked the wrong officer to try and bait. It would have taken hours to get under his skin.

If my reading of the story is correctly, she went to the expense of hiring an attorney to ENTER a GUILTY plea. So much for demanding a trial. When you're wrong, you are just wrong. Making that admission was the first thing this gal did right since failing to stop at that red light.

Thanks Jimmy Hall and Thanks to all the other honest, hard-working police officers that serve our community!

Gendarme said...

There was no proof she ran the red light. I'd be willing to bet his dash cam did not show it. You can order a video recorder that sticks on your windshield for about $40. Good idea.

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