Mother Mistaken for Criminal, Handcuffed at Gunpoint in Front of Children

PHOTO: Newly-released video shows officers in Forney, Texas pulling over Kametra Barbour, who had done nothing wrong on Aug. 9, 2014.
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Kametra Barbour hadn't done anything wrong.

The Texas mother was driving in Forney, Texas, outside of Dallas with four young children in the car on Aug. 9.

But when police mistook her car for that of a criminal, they pulled it over, drew their weapons and slapped handcuffs on Barbour as the children watched in horror.

The police stop was captured in newly released dashcam video obtained by ABC affiliate WFAA.

“Driver, let me see your hands!” an officer yelled. “Everybody stick their hands out the window.”

Police slapped handcuffs on Barbour. Moments later, Barbour’s terrified son, 6, exited the car with his hands up.

Soon after, police started to realize that they’d made a mistake.

The officers had been looking for a beige or tan-colored Toyota occupied by four men. The vehicle was speeding down the highway, the driver reportedly waving a gun out the window.

Barbour’s car, a burgundy Maxima, didn’t match that description.

Eva Whatley, who called 911, even told police they made a mistake -- allowing the real suspects to get away.

“I cried. You know, I have kids,” Whatley said. “It’s hard to imagine.”

The officers, realizing the mistake, started working to calm the children.

Police apologized to Barbour, but said they acted appropriately for what they thought was a dangerous situation.

“The officers acted accordingly and professionally based on the information they were given ... and they adjusted their methods accordingly when the situation presented itself to be otherwise,” Forney police said in a statement.

Barbour has had difficulty moving on from the incident.

“Every time I listen to and hear or think about it, it bothers you,” she said. “I can’t just say, ‘I’m fine. It’s OK. It’s not a big deal.’ It is.”

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