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Highway Patrol probing roadside brutality claim

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ROCKY MOUNT — Although no official complaint has been filed, the N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating social media claims that trooper brutalized a Black woman during a recent traffic stop.

Ty Jones wrote on Facebook that she suffered injuries during an altercation with a state trooper. She said she was thrown to the ground, shocked with a Taser and had a trooper’s foot on her neck during the incident, which occurred in front of her children’s day care center on Sept. 24.

An formal investigation into the matter hasn’t been opened because a complaint hasn’t been filed; however, the agency is looking into the situation, said Sgt. Chris Knox, public information officer with the Highway Patrol.

“We have been made aware of a Facebook post regarding this issue, but no one has filed a complaint. We take any claims like this seriously, and we are proactively looking into the issue,” Knox said.

In her post, Jones said she was pulled over by a trooper on Winstead Avenue on the way to her children’s day care center. She stopped in front of the business and got out of her vehicle to place her two children into the day care center so they wouldn’t see her talking to the authorities.

Jones admits to exiting her car despite the trooper’s orders to remain in her vehicle. She said the trooper grabbed her and when she pulled away, he deployed his Taser. She said the trooper then applied pressure to her neck and back. She said she’d never been more afraid in her life.

Jones said she fell when she was shocked with the Taser and suffered a head injury and hurt her lip and hand.

Calls for justice in the alleged incident were tacked onto a Sept. 26 march for Breonna Taylor held by members of the Rocky Mount Black Action Committee. Taylor was a 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment during a March 13 raid.