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Earledreka White

Earledreka White

Earledreka White aka Dreka White is a mental health professional and former Teacher from Houston, Texas.

Career

Earledreka has worked as a Clinician/Psychological Associate at Kinghaven Counseling Group in Houston since December, 2014. She previously worked as a Child Protective Services case worker for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Before working mental health, Earledreka was a 6th grade math teacher at school in the Houston Independent School District. She was awarded a $3,200 bonus for helping raise the math scores of her ESL students on the STAAR test.

Education

She graduated with a Master's in Psychology from the University of Houston. While studying there she worked as a research and student teaching assistant.

She did a Bachelor's in Psychology at the Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was a track athlete for the school's team and was on the honor roll.

Controversy

Earledreka White was assaulted, handcuffed and arrested by Gentian Luca, a Houston Metro Police officer while talking to 911 dispatcher during a traffic stop. The officer also threatened to use a Taser on Earledreka.

Earldreka said "Being pulled over is not the troubling part - what happened after being pulled over is what baffles me," and "As I tell the dispatcher that this man is threatening to 'tase' me, he backs away, then comes back and literally tries to break my arm."

White was jailed for two days after being charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor that could land her six months in jail.

She was released after posting a $1,000 bail.

Gentian Luca pulled over Earledreka White in March for crossing the double white line, and she called 911 to ask for police backup because she was afraid of the officer who stopped her. She also disputed the claim and said that she had not crossed the double line.

She had said to the dispatcher “I would like another officer to come out here,” she says to the dispatcher.

“My heart is racing.

I’m really afraid.”

The Harris County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the charge against White and investigating the allegations raised by her and her attorneys, said Jeff McShan, the district attorney's spokesman.

Earldreka is being represented by Zack Feritta and his law partner Andino Reyal who took the case pro bono.

Lawyers for White said the charges against her should be dismissed.

"I'm as pro-law-enforcement as they come, but that's not good police conduct," Fertitta said.

"You can't escalate a situation and then claim someone is 'resisting arrest.' That's ridiculous."

Fertitta said he plans to take the case to trial if charges are not dropped.

Response

Officials with the Metropolitan Transit Authority police department said they investigated White's claim in April, including viewing the surveillance video, and found no wrongdoing by Gentian Luca.

"She was uncooperative but he did everything reasonable within the law," said Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers.

"He explained what was going on, what the violation was and that he was focused on her safety, as well as his."

Houston NAACP President James Douglas, who watched an edited version of the video, said the officer was within his rights to ask White to get back in her car.

But, he said, if the officer immediately threatened to use a stun-gun to get her to comply, then the incident started off on the wrong foot.

"He got impatient," Douglas said.

"This is obviously a police officer who needs some training on how to de-escalate a situation.

And I would think it would be especially important in today's climate."

Officials with the Metropolitan Transit Authority police department said they investigated White's claim in April, including viewing the surveillance video, and found no wrongdoing.

"She was uncooperative but he did everything reasonable within the law," said Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers.

"He explained what was going on, what the violation was and that he was focused on her safety, as well as his."

References

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Citation Linkyoutube.comVideo of the incident
Aug 4, 2016, 7:56 PM
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Citation Linklinkedin.comEarledreka's LinkedInprofile
Aug 4, 2016, 7:03 PM
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Citation Linkinstagram.comEarledreka's Instagramprofile
Aug 4, 2016, 8:05 PM
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Citation Linkfacebook.comEarledreka's Facebookprofile
Aug 4, 2016, 7:04 PM
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Citation Linktwitter.comEarledreka's Twitterprofile
Aug 4, 2016, 8:07 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Dreka with a friend [3]
Aug 4, 2016, 7:58 PM
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Citation Linkyoutube.comhttp://www.youtube.com/c/MissDreeks
Aug 4, 2016, 8:07 PM
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Citation Linkchron.comHouston Chroniclearticle about the incident
Aug 4, 2016, 7:46 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka with her lawyer Zack Feritta [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:15 PM
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Citation Linkslideshare.netEarledreka White's cover letter on Slideshare; also found on LinkedIn
Aug 10, 2016, 1:09 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:16 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:14 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:16 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka with a friend [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:14 PM
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Citation Linkyoutube.comEarledreka's video resume
Aug 4, 2016, 8:09 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Dreka [1]
Aug 4, 2016, 7:58 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Dreka [3]
Aug 4, 2016, 7:59 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:16 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Dreka [3]
Aug 4, 2016, 7:59 PM
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Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Earledreka [2]
Aug 4, 2016, 8:15 PM