Woman talks about police confrontation after video goes viral: Exclusive

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- A mother is speaking out for the first time only to Fox 8 about a verbal confrontation she had with police, which she videotaped.

She posted the video online and it has now been viewed thousands of time.
It shows an incident that happened May 17 between Ginger Borsov and Brunswick Sgt. Jon Page.

Borsov said Wednesday that last Tuesday she and the children planned to go to the zoo. She said she put the children in the car, loaded up supplies, and ran back in the house to get snacks.

She said when she was inside the house, the officer came up to her door.
"The approach was alarming," Borsov said. "I was frightened. I didn't understand what the problem was or why he needed ID. "

Borsov decided to videotape the encounter.

"I asked him for a moment to figure out what was going on, what my rights were and if I should be showing ID," Borsov said. "He is standing between me and my children. I was getting nervous. I did not anticipate being separated from them for that long."

On the video, Sgt. Page describes the open front door and the children in the minivan as suspicious activity. Towards the end of the video, he also tells Borsov he was in the neighborhood investigating a burglary. He told her someone had stolen a neighbor's lawn mower.

Borsov said had she been given that information sooner, her response would have been different.

Civil rights attorney Paul Cristallo said he doesn't believe she had to show identification in this situation.

Borsov eventually did identify herself, and the officer left.

Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest said his officer acted properly.

"He told her she was not in trouble," DeForest said. "He just wanted to speak to her; he was concerned about a possible daytime burglary, and concerned about her children in the vehicle that were left unattended with the vehicle running."

Borsov said she was only away from her children for a very brief time. "He kept me away from them longer," Borsov said.

The chief said last fall police got a call that Borsov left the kids alone in her vehicle at a shopping center, but she was not cited. Borsov said she was close to the vehicle at the time. Now, she wants to meet with the chief to discuss what can be done so this doesn't happen.