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  •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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    texting pedestrian walks in front of texting driver.

    The Austin, Texas incident is not like that, though. Police misconduct, for sure. The police chief even admitted that she was lucky the cops didn't sexually abuse her, because he would have.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:22:26 AM PST

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    •  that's NOT what he said, and claiming it is (0+ / 0-)

      makes you dishonest, onionjim.

      He said he was glad she had not been sexually abused by the arresting officers. He mentioned that in other jurisdictions women have been sexually abused in the course of arrest, and he was glad that his officers did not behave so badly.

      Quite frankly, she wasn’t charged with resisting and she’s lucky I wasn’t the arresting officer because I wouldn’t have been as generous,” he said.
      Her behavior could have been interpreted as resisting arrest, since she screamed and flailed and swore and then went limp.
      Even the student who filmed it later said she "handled it poorly."
      Officers assigned to neighborhoods west and north of UT had fielded complaints about people not following pedestrian laws near the campus. Officers patrolled the area Thursday, issuing seven citations and 28 warnings. Acevedo said those assignments are designed to change behavior and “not necessarily” to issue citations or take people to jail.
      He noted that 96 pedestrians have been killed and 1,757 injured in collisions with cars since 2009, not including a woman struck by a bus Friday on campus.
      The pedestrian is often at fault, Acevedo said.
      Last but not least: his remarks on why he was thankful this was the controvesy:
      “Thank you, Lord, that it is a controversy in Austin, Texas,” Acevedo said Friday. “That we actually have the audacity to touch somebody by the arm and tell them, ‘Oh, my goodness, Austin police, we’re trying to get your attention.’ ”
      His officers could easily have acted a lot more like, say, Oakland or El Paso cops. They didn't, and good on them for being sensible and restrained in responding to the jogger's hysteria.

      Yes. There. I said it. But you know what? I'm female, and I'm an ex-cop, and I would have charged her with resisting. Had she landed a kick or a punch I'd've charged her with assaulting an officer, too.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:35:46 PM PST

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      •  I guess they could not possibly have (2+ / 0-)
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        just let her run along. Pedestrian at fault is only a point to show that the law is at fault. Here in Vt, you will get a ticket for not stopping for pedestrians. In my opinion, pedestrians have the right of way. There, I said it.

        We have signs on the Interstate that clearly indicate the fact that this rule is suspended.

        My girlfriend runs 8-10 mi a day. She skied in the Olympics two times, Lilliput and Calgary. Kristen Bills.

        Now, she does not carry a wallet, ID, money, or phone. She has had a few close calls and had to dive headlong into the ditch to avoid being hit.

        I call on the police and everyone to strengthen driver awareness on sharing our roadways and courtesy.
         

        A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

        by onionjim on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:59:51 PM PST

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        •  get her an id bracelet (2+ / 0-)
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          she'll get hit, and you'll want to know in a timely manner. If nothing else, get one dog tag made and put on a shoelace.

          The number of people mangled and murdered by distracted, drunk or overprivileged drivers in this nation beggars belief.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:08:19 PM PST

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          •  I sure agree with you (2+ / 0-)
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            BlackSheep1, aratinga

            She's been doing this all her life, can't get her to change. But she never wears music and has excellent hearing.

            A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

            by onionjim on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:24:59 PM PST

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