On January 24, 2008, Watson and her husband traveled
to the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport in Gulfport, Mississippi, to
catch a flight back to their home in Toledo, Ohio.
As Watson passed
through security, Transportation Security Officer ("TSO") James Jacobs
stopped the x-ray machine he was operating to remove Watson's carry-on
luggage for additional inspection after he observed liquids in her bag.
TSO Eric Brans informed Watson that Transportation Security
Administration ("TSA") regulations prohibit passengers from transporting
liquids, gels, or aerosols in quantities over 3.4 ounces.
TSO Jacobs and
several passenger-witnesses testified at trial that, in response, Watson
became irate, began cursing, and berated the TSA personnel manning the
security checkpoint. TSO Brans and Jacobs continued attempting to
explain the TSA rules to Watson until finally instructing her to have a
seat outside of security to calm down.
About the same time, Gulfport Police Officer Kelley
Clark arrived to help manage the situation and again explain the TSA
regulations to Watson.
Clark had been detailed to the airport as an
airport police officer pursuant to an interlocal agreement between the
airport and the City of Gulfport.
Watson remained defiant, and Clark
warned Watson that she would be taken to jail if she could not control
her outbursts and profanity. In response, Watson stated, "Sh**, take me
Clark opted to give Watson more time to calm down rather than
arresting her and proceeded through security where Watson's husband had
also become belligerent.
When Clark reached the other side of
checkpoint, Watson's husband was swearing at the TSA personnel. Clark
warned him that if he continued she would be forced to arrest him.
he refused to comply, Clark began to arrest him for his use of
As Clark began to place handcuffs on Watson's husband,
Watson yelled from the other side of security: "If you are going to take
him to jail, you are going to have to take me, too."
Watson leapt from
her chair and ran through the checkpoint while yelling obscenities. As
she passed through the metal detector, Watson shoved TSO Darryl Anderson
out of the way.
Watson then lunged at Clark and grabbed her around the
throat before grabbing Clark by her hair and pulling her down.
continued swinging and kicking at Clark until she and her husband were
restrained and removed.
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