January 21, 2008

Clearwater Police Clearly Abusive

You pull into McD's for fries and a coffee. The cashier tells you to pull forward and wait; next thing you know, you're in handcuffs and on your way to jail.

It sounds farfetched, but this is just what happened to Jean Merola, a 75 year old grandmother.

According to WFTV, the police officer was behind Merola in line at the drive-through. When she didn't move after he honked his horn, the officer got out and demanded to see her license. When she refused, he pulled her out of her car and put her in handcuffs. She was then taken to the police station, photographed, fingerprinted, and booked. She was later released on her own recognizance.

Key facts:
She was on private property at the time.
She was instructed by an agent of the owner to park where she did.

What is it with the cops in that part of the state? Are they recruiting from some redneck goon squad? This is why people don't trust cops. This jackass should be booted ASAP.

And I hope that Merola sues the hell out of them.

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1 comment:

  1. It's not just the redneck cops. It's cops all over the country, especially the multicultural cops down here.

    That cop was an asshole. He should be fired.

    Cops always use "disorderly conduct" when they have no basis for an arrest.

    But legally speaking, disorderly conduct means the suspect had to be creating a ruckus by either being noisy or belligerent or drunk, and it doesn't look like this lady was doing either of that.

    She may have been stubborn, but that does not constitute disorderly conduct.