A video of a Cincinnati Police Department arrest of two protesters has been widely circulated on social media.
In the video, a woman and her sister are arrested on allegations of breaking the citywide 8 p.m. curfew on Monday, June 1. The arrest happened around 8:45 p.m. near Mohawk and McMicken Streets, police said.
“Arrested female attempted to flee from officers during CPD’s enforcement of the emergency curfew ordinance,” according to a statement from the Cincinnati Police Department.
In the video, Hannah Wilkins can be seen being put into zip ties. Her sister Lexi Wilkins tells officers they need insulin for diabetes. “If she doesn’t get her insulin, she will die,” Hannah says during the video.
The video was recorded by their friend Kaitlyn Maier, Hannah Wilkins said.
“i was arrested for peacefully protesting for the BLM movement in cinci. cops forced me to stand (while hyperventilating and actively passing out) and then laughed at me while i was having a panic attack. they withheld my sisters meds and mocked her intelligence while she begged,” Hannah posted on Twitter. The video in the post was viewed more than 2.3 million times and retweeted more than 27,000 times.
The three Spring Grove residents had come to Cincinnati to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
They heard about Cincinnati’s curfew at around 6 p.m. and planned to get off the street by 7:50, they said, but when they couldn’t remember where they parked, the group decided to follow a crowd of protesters.
“There was a lot of firecrackers… There was just a lot of really loud noises. A lot of cars honking. All the streets were blocked off which for me a lot of that was sensory overload because I have really bad anxiety. For me that’s when I realized what was going to happen and what was happening and it started my panic attack,” Hannah said.
A stranger offered them a ride to their car but officers stopped the car and arrested the individuals inside.
Lexi told CPD officers that she was diabetic and needed her insulin, which was in a vehicle. Officers did not immediately retrieve the bag because it was an active incident scene, but eventually relented and gave Lexi her bag, a police spokesman said.
While waiting for prisoner transport, Lexi asked to check her insulin level using her insulin pump and an app on her phone. Officers allowed it and Lexi kept her bag during transport, police said.
“i guess i’ll address it, yes i was arrested. yes i’m diabetic. i got my bag, i wanted my insulin bc my pump was going to expire at midnight, and i knew i would be doing a site change in custody. i’m okay now,” Lexi said in a Twitter post.
The video has also been shared on the social media application Tik Tok and “Now This News.”
Hannah said, “She ended up having to do a site change, which is slang for having to change out her pod on her arm and they fortunately let her do that while she was being processed. She was able to get what she needed.”
The three women will appear in court together on June 16.
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