When she tried to get in, a police officer told her to back up. She said she just wanted to see her son. She was told to leave, she said. And when she went to help her mother, who suffers from respiratory illness and uses a walker, climb the hill from the parking garage to the emergency department, the police arrested her.
Her fiancé, Lamar Sistrunk, asked the officer what she was being arrested for. "She just lost her son," he said. The officer told him to back up.
Sistrunk asked the officer, "What if that was your son in there?"
The officer replied, according to Sistrunk, "My son wouldn't be in that predicament."
Rankins said, "I just wanted to see him. It felt like somebody stabbed me in the chest."