UPDATE: Chattanooga woman arrested on multiple charges after refusing to sign misdemeanor citation
UPDATE: A Facebook video showing a woman being removed from her vehicle while being arrested is getting a lot of attention.
The video posted by Jayla Johnsonn shows an arrest that happened in Chattanooga Saturday. Johnsonn wrote on Facebook that "my mom doesn't deserve this."
DISCLAIMER: Some may find language used in the videos offensive.
Johnsonn wrote the following post to go along with her video:
“Reshare they deleted it you can’t get away from it share now BLACK LIVES DO MATTER “!!!!!!!MY MOM DIDN’T DESERVE THIS SHE HAS NEVER BEEN TO JAIL I SHOWED THEM THAT MY MOM HAS HER LICENSE THEY STILL ARRESTED HER THEY DIDN’T READ HER HER RIGHTS IN HAD HER IN THE BACK OF THE CAR YELLING SHE COULDNT BREATH SOMEONE MAKE THIS GO VIRAL THEY NEED TO BE PUT DOWN I HAVE A RIGHT TO ACT IN YELL SCREAM IN CUSS !! WHO WANTS TO WATCH THEIR MOM GET THROWN TO THE GROUND HOW IS SHE Resisting arrest in she is sitting steal !!!!!!!!!!!! GOD YOU ARE IN ????????????????????CONTROL I WILL GET JUSTICE."
The arrest affidavit explained that Watt was pulled over after an officer discovered the registration tag on Watt’s Ford Expedition actually belonged on a Jeep. During the traffic stop, the officer found that Watt had a suspended license. Watt also was not able to provide proof of valid insurance.
The officer then ran the VIN number on the vehicle and learned the registration expired in August of 2017. The officer gave Watt a misdemeanor citation, but she refused to sign it after being given “numerous opportunities,” the affidavit explained.
The Chattanooga Police officer told Watt she was under arrest and ordered her out of the vehicle, the arrest report said. Watt refused to get out, so officers placed Watt in custody and assisted her out of the car.
"Ms. Watt yelled and screamed throughout the process of placing her in custody, assisting her out of the vehicle, and placing her into the patrol car," the officer explained in the affidavit. The officer added that this attracted a large crowd and people began to became "hostile with police."
The arresting officer advised in the report that while placing Watt into the patrol car, she kicked him or her in the leg.
Watt faces charges of:
- Disorderly conduct
- Registration, unlawful removal of decal or plate
- Retaliation against judge, juror, officer
- Resisting arrest
- Financial responsibility
- Registration, expired
- Refusal to sign citation
Watt’s daughter posted an update on Facebook Sunday. Johnsonn said her mother received bruises while being arrested.
"This lady got bruises all on her arms, both," Johnson said in an update video.
Johnsonn also said her mother is having to wear a brace because her arm is swollen. She added that she bonded her mother out.
Channel 3 has reached out to the Chattanooga Police Department to see if they have seen the video and have any additional information about what happened.
Chattanooga Police Public Information Officer Rob Simmons said, "the CPD administration is aware of a Facebook video showing officers conducting what appears to be a lawful arrest. Per department policy, when a CPD officer is required to use force to execute an arrest, their supervisor will review the officers actions and body cam video if available. At this point, I am not aware of any complaint being filed by the defendant regarding her arrest. The affidavit would clear up many of your questions as to the probable cause for the arrest."
This is a developing story. Stay with Channel 3 for updates.