Tuscaloosa woman in viral arrest video shares her story

"I’m on the ground. I feel the blood coming down my face.”

Woman talks to WBRC about arrest video

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Jhasmynn Sheppard, is defending her character, after video of her being arrested goes viral.

The incident happened on McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa. Sheppard says that she made mistakes that day but says she didn't do what police are accusing her of doing.

"I'm on the ground. I feel the blood coming down my face,” Sheppard continued, "My head is in the concrete. And like, I can't breathe. And so, I'm grabbing trying to protect myself."

The 22-year-old woman is facing felony charges: resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, and disarming law enforcement. All charges, she denies.

“I am a black woman. Why would I grab for this man’s – this is a white officer. Out of all the videos I have seen, you think I’m going to grab for [an] officer’s – whatever they say I grab for.”

"I'm still in pain now. Like I got bruises. It wasn't supposed to go like that."

Sheppard is resolute on clearing her name.

We reached out to the Tuscaloosa Police department again for comment. They tell us this incident is under investigation and until the investigation is complete, they have no comment.

"If they release their body camera footage nowhere in there will you see me grab nowhere for no gun, no nothing, anything."

Before the confrontation with police Sheppard was involved in a fender bender up the road.

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