The ordeal began around 9:30 on Wednesday night, last week, near Hargett and Pettigrew Streets -- just off New Bern Avenue. In cell phone video from a nearby neighbor, you can see Stacey Campbell in handcuffs in her bathrobe being detained by a Raleigh police officer. Campbell is black. The officer was a white woman.
"I'm embarrassed about what happened to me. I'm very embarrassed," said Campbell who says she was in the neighborhood that night to check on a friend in crisis. During the visit she went to retrieve something from her new Cadillac SUV.
"And once I closed the door to the vehicle a police officer walks up to me and she goes, 'Take your hands out your pockets and put them on top of the hood.' And I'm like, OK, what's going on? What's wrong?"
The officer told Campbell that her car's registration was coming back to another woman with an outstanding warrant.
"I said, well that's impossible. I just got this car on April 28. And these are brand new tags," Campbell recalled.
Stacey Campbell, a black mom of 3, was handcuffed and detained by Raleigh PD in her bathrobe while retrieving an item from her luxury SUV.— Joel Brown (@JoelBrownABC11) September 19, 2020
RPD said the vehicle was registered to someone with an outstanding warrant. DMV said the registration is fine. Stacey wants answers. #abc11 pic.twitter.com/vkkKex6Z0S
Campbell said the officer ordered her not to move.
"But I had my robe on; it was tied and my hands were up here. And I just moved my waist -- I never took my hands off my vehicle. And she put me in handcuffs," Campbell said.
As drivers and passersby looked on, things took another turn for the 48-year old mother of three: "She searches me. She pats me down and I'm handcuffed. And then she pulls up my entire robe. And I had nothing underneath except a t-shirt and underwear. She exposed the whole lower half of my body.
Campbell called it humiliating and is demanding accountability from the police department.
"Some people say it happened because of the vehicle I was driving. Some say I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Campbell said. "I think it was because I was black and I had a little something -- and they just wanted to stop me. (It's unacceptable) that walking while black is not OK. And I'm tired. I'm tired of this."
“It’s unacceptable that walking while black is not OK. I’m tired. I’m tired of this.”— Joel Brown (@JoelBrownABC11) September 19, 2020
- Stacey Campbell pic.twitter.com/UBll3RlGJW
Campbell ssaid the ordeal ended when the officer told her she needed to call DMV to get the registration issue figured out. Campbell said she did that the very next morning only to be told there was no issue; her registration was fine. She filed a complaint against the officer this week.
ABC11 reached out to the Raleigh Police Department early Friday afternoon for comment and clarity on the incident. A spokesperson said they were looking into it. As of this publishing, we have not heard back.