A family says they continue to be haunted after they were pulled over and held at gunpoint by military police following a Friday visit to an Ohio Air Force museum.
According to Alice Hill, her grandson was studying the Wright brothers at school and wanted to see the plane on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Hill told WKRC-TV that she and her grandson were playing a game in the museum parking lot, where they would identify all of the out-of-state license plates.
“He’s very excited, ‘Look at where all of these people have come from. They’re from Alaska, from New Mexico, they’re from Georgia,’” Alice recalled her grandson Aaron saying while they were playing the game in the parking lot.
What happened, however, when the family left the museum has left them tormented.
“I’m looking in my side view mirror and I see (an officer) step out of his vehicle,” Hill told WKRC-TV. “(He’s) behind his door with his gun drawn pointing it at me.”
Hill had been pulled over after someone dialed 911 and told authorities they had seen the family burglarizing cars in the parking lot.
At gunpoint, she was taken out of her car and cuffed, according to WKRC-TV.
“My grandchildren are screaming,” Hill recalled. “I mean they are hysterical, they saw the gun.”
“My 5-year-old daughter is asking, ‘Is grandma going to get shot?’” Hill’s daughter in law Wendy said.
The Hill family now wants answers after they say they were subjected to excessive force.
A military police spokeswoman has conceded officers acted on “limited” information.
“Our security force, based on limited information, made a high-risk traffic stop and believed that this vehicle was stolen based on the information they received,” said Cassie Barlow, 88th Airbase Wing Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“All we can do at this point is offer our apology to the Hills,” she added. “And we’ve invited them to come out to the base and meet the security forces.”
That apology still hasn’t satisfied the Hill family. WKRC-TV reported that they still feel vulnerable and don’t understand why an officer drew a gun on them.
“My son doesn’t trust police officers now,” Wendy said. “He views them as the bad guy.”
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