Bruises sustained by former Kinloch mayor Theda Wilson after calling police to report a possible burglary

Former Mayor Says Police Assaulted Her After Making 911 Call


A Kinloch, Missouri woman says she was a victim of police assault after she called 911 to report a possible burglary, Thursday.

Theda Wilson, former acting mayor of Kinloch, says police physically assaulted and arrested her after she called to report a possible burglary at an abandoned property next to her home.

When officers arrived, Wilson says they identified her as a suspect and tried to take her into custody.

Video Wilson recorded from the incident shows her asking police to read her her rights. An officer refuses saying he “doesn’t have to read her her rights.”

Wilson says she doesn’t know why she was being arrested so she resisted. After the responding officer calls for back up two Bel-Ridge police officers arrive.

Wilson claims the three officers used excessive force that resulted to bruise to her face and arms.

An unidentified eye-witness told local reporters that “the three officers wrestled [Wilson] to the ground.”

“That did not need to happen,” the eyewitness told local reporters.

Wilson left the scene by ambulance and was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Kinloch police did arrest Wilson but released her from the hospital under her own recognizance. Both Bel-Ridge and Kinloch police say they have launched an internal investigation into the incident.

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  • Joe E Dangerously

    And she was… BLACK?! Oh, I’m so shocked. Did not see that coming. Cops harassing black people? Who would have thought?