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The Ellis County Press

ITALY - Denton County resident Gloria Blair had what she described as "a very disturbing encounter" with Italy police officer Tierra Mooney.

According to reports the incident allegedly occurred on Feb. 1 at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Roanoke.  Mooney was described as wearing plain clothes and driving a black BMW at the time of the incident.

Blair was waiting for a parking space and needed to reverse her vehicle to let the other driver back out. Mooney was in the car behind Blair and in order for Blair to reverse, Mooney would also need to back up.  

Instead Mooney "refused to reverse her car even though there were no other cars behind hers."

According to reports Mooney, "mouthed the word ‘move’ and aggressively slammed her badge against the interior glass of her windshield."

"After I got out of my car Office Mooney came up to me, got right in my face and started screaming at me," said Blair, "she [Mooney] said that backing up in the parking lot was illegal and that I was not going to make her break the law.

When Blair asked to see Mooney’s badge and what department she was with, it is alleged that Mooney refused, continued screaming and called the local police department.

"It was so strange, I dont know if she was after the parking space or what. I didnt even know if the badge was real or not," said Blair.

Roanoke police officers questioned whether or not Blair had done anything to provoke Mooney.

"She [Mooney] initiated the entire thing," said Blair, "it was really scary and I wonder if she had her badge, did she also have her gun?"

After local police arrived, Officer J. Morris of Roanoke gave Mooneys badge number and information to Blair on the back of one of his business cards.

"Someone that unbalanced really shouldnt have that kind of power," said Blair, "I still have not seen her badge, she never once showed it to me."

According to reports Mooney never made any attempt to apologize or explain her behavior.

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