"If she was black, she would have been shot before she pulled off," one tweet pointed out.
Body camera footage shows a police officer tasing 65-year-old Debra Hamil with a stun gun in the US state of Oklahoma after she refused to sign an $80 ticket.
Hamil had driven away and when she was pulled over again, she kicked the officer while resisting arrest, according to an NBC News report.
The incident soon made the rounds on social media, pointing to the hypocrisy of white privilege.
Social media response
"If she was black, she would have been shot before she pulled off," read one Tweet. "Notice the police officer still called her ma'am after all of that."
If she was Black she would've been shot before she pulled off. Notice the police officer still called her ma'am after all of that.— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) July 31, 2019
Had she been a person of color, she probably would have lost her life on the side of the road. That very behavior would have gotten a person of color shot dead, like a dog in the street!!! Y’all still sleep...— Felicia Davis (@Alabamamom1969) August 1, 2019
If she had been black she would be dead, instead of hit with a stun gun.— Louis 🇺🇸🏳️🌈👨❤️💋👨👨👨👦👦👬 (@louis_5466) August 1, 2019
Sad thing is, her white privilege still helped her. If she was black she would have been shot before she even took off the first time and the cop probably wouldn’t have used a taser first when she started resisting and assaulting him— Doc 💭 (@DocWhatever) July 31, 2019
I watched the video & she would have been shot DEAD 2 min. into it if she weren't white. Plus, she clearly felt entitled to do whatever she wanted, without suffering even the mildest consequence. Total arrogant contemptuousness. But it still feels like police overreaction somehow— Kafkaesque (@Kafkaesque_Blog) August 1, 2019
Apparently the cop was colorblind— victor ogega (@ogesh100) August 1, 2019
The incident brought the conversation back to law enforcement and what is often viewed as double standards when it comes to the treatment of different types of people.