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Texas woman arrested after failing to stop and talk to police officer
upi ^ | April 14, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 04/14/2014 9:51:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono

WHITEHOUSE , Texas, A Texas woman who was approached by a police officer who was “acting suspicious” was arrested after she failed to stop and talk to him.

Melissa Bonnette was out for a walk on Friday morning when a Whitehouse Police Department officer pulled up alongside her on a motorcycle and asked her to talk.

The officer, Shawn Johnson, allegedly approached Bonnette because she was walking on the wrong side of the road.

"I thought that maybe he was flirting," Bonnette told KYTX. "I just thought it was odd, I thought it was odd. I wasn't really sure but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn't anyone around. He just crept along beside me on his motorcycle and he started saying, 'Hey ma'am! I want to talk to you. Hey stop, ma'am! I want to talk to you.' Then my anxiety rose even higher.”

Bonnette refused to stop and began jogging away from Johnson. He then got off the bike, tackled her and put her in handcuffs.

"Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it's awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer," said Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton. "And he had a lawful reason to be there and to stop her."

No charges were filed after the arrest.

"I really don't want to live in a town where something like this could happen to a law-abiding citizen," Bonnette said. "I'm not going to be able to walk anymore, and that's sad because I enjoy walking every day. But I'm terrified. It was just so traumatic."


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KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; arrest; donutwatch; motorcycle; police; policeabuse; shawnjohnson; smallpenis; walking
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To: JoeProBono
1. How does a person walk on the wrong side of the road?

2. How is walking by a road illegal anywhere? Accept highways I can understand.

There must be more to this. But tackling a woman for walking?

101 posted on 04/14/2014 11:28:56 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: DCBryan1

What is it with cops and no hair? Look, I’m a thug?

One of those guys approached me for a job, I’d send em packing. Try professional FRIENDLY appearance.


102 posted on 04/14/2014 11:30:09 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: LevinFan
Every police motorcycle is equipped with a PA system. Let's INITIALLY give the office the benefit of the doubt..she was walking on the wrong side..a safety issue for her..or there may have been reports of strangers seen in the area, or recent burglaries, whatever..so he's doing his job..maybe he thought his initial approach..."ma'am I need to speak with you" was lighter..she'd come up to him..he'd tell her to be careful..then ask her for ID..to make sure that she in fact belonged in the area...he's doing his job proactively...sh'ed be on her way in about 30 seconds.

Once he sensed her nervousness, instead of following her, he just stops the bike, gets off it, turns on the PA system full volume, and tells her, MA'AM I'M A POLICE OFFICER, YOU NEED TO STOP AND COME HERE AND SPEAK WITH ME.

Problem solved..

103 posted on 04/14/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: JoeProBono

Knock knock
Who’s there
Police I want to talk
How many of you are there?
Two.
Talk to each other.


104 posted on 04/14/2014 11:59:49 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: Valpal1

Apparently in Texas there is a law. Which shows how we have way too many laws, and therefore the Police can pretty much stop you and detain you and waste your time and intimidate you any time they feel like it, and if you in any way ignore them, they can arrest you for “resisting”.

Interestingly, this is what it used to be like for blacks in the south — a dread fear that a cop would come up and make up some charge against them, and harass them.

Now, we live in an age of equality, where the cops can do the same thing to everybody, not just minorities.


105 posted on 04/14/2014 12:16:25 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Cboldt

Good grief. I grew up in a small town and a road of that nature would have people walking down the middle - let alone on the “wrong side”. Cop too big for his britches or hitting on her - take your pick.


106 posted on 04/14/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: dmz

Actually, I now believe she was not violating the law.

It is not certain. But note this: I could not find in the statute the definition of “highway”, but in another section of that statute, it used the phrase “public street or highway”, indicating that “highway” is a subset of all streets. And normally a highway is a road that has certain controls.

The section on walking on the right says “on a highway”, not “on all public roads”. And it says “where possible”, which suggests the entire idea of walking on a specific side is more of a recommendation than a hard and fast law.

Also, the section on crossing in the “middle” of a block (jaywalking) also seems not to apply, so she could move back and forth on that road.

I will note that I always walk on the side of the road facing traffic so I can see my imminent death. No, seriously, so I am not surprised by a car coming up. But I do move to the other side when idiots walking their dogs are walking the wrong way, because i like to give dog-walkers a large berth since dogs are unpredictable.

One time, someone had a particularly yappy dog, so I did what I do when I am confronted with a yappy dog, I confronted the dog in a firm but friendly manner, and the dog owner yelled at me that I was intimidating and upsetting her dog, which was standing in the middle of the road not on a leash. I almost said “Hey, I can call Animal Control if you can’t handle your dog”, but I didn’t.


107 posted on 04/14/2014 12:35:31 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ken5050
Why not a strip search to see if she had drugs on her?

I thought you were gung-ho on that.

108 posted on 04/14/2014 12:55:55 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Bizhvywt

He didn’t arrest her for that. Or anything actually, it’s the typical attention grabbing headline that’s actually a lie. Detained her, and talked to her, and let her go. And if she’d have actually bothered to stop and talk to the guy in uniform saying “ma’am I’d like to talk to you” she wouldn’t even have been detained.


109 posted on 04/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: JoeProBono
Wonder if it had been two or three *Big ole boys* knocking off from a construction site if officer *Fife* would have bothered them..............Just wondering.
110 posted on 04/14/2014 1:12:25 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

PLease note that I was not posting the statute because I believe she was worthy of being stopped. I just looked it up so I could poke a bit of fun at our friends from Texas, who like to remind us of how much more free they are than the rest of us poor saps (well, except for maybe the Alaskans). All in good fun, though, as there are arbitrary and stupid people in all of our 57 states.

Seems pretty clear to me that the cop felt disrespected and then did what he did to make himself feel more relevant.

And I’m with you. I like to face my death head on, so walking against the traffic for me. That all of my walks are on old fire roads/logging trails keeps the traffic down.


111 posted on 04/14/2014 1:26:17 PM PDT by dmz
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To: LevinFan

Then you may lose some good employees. I’m naturally bald and shave off the excess. My last interview included the cue ball look. Friends tell me it knocks years off my perceived age and I’m about at the point where that matters.


112 posted on 04/14/2014 1:28:34 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: DCBryan1; Jeremiah Jr

That pic screams “lack of genetic diversity”.

Must have been a shallow gene pool.


113 posted on 04/14/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: cyclotic

“Then you may lose some good employees. I’m naturally bald and shave off the excess. My last interview included the cue ball look. Friends tell me it knocks years off my perceived age and I’m about at the point where that matters.”

Maybe, maybe not. I’d rather loose employees than clients and customers. Cops deliberately cultivate a thug look, far more than just a cue ball. Anyone who looks like a bouncer won’t work for me.


114 posted on 04/14/2014 2:05:15 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: JoeProBono

“RESPECT MUH ARTHORITY AND DROP YOUR PANTS!”


115 posted on 04/14/2014 2:57:12 PM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: SamAdams76
I say bring the foot patrols back. The police are so much friendlier when they have to “walk the beat” every day. Cut the squad cars by at least half. The foot patrols can call them in when they are needed.

Do you think foot patrols would be feasible in the 'burbs?

116 posted on 04/14/2014 3:36:31 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: GeronL

The recommendation is that, walkers walk against traffic, and bicyclists ride with the traffic.

In many jurisdictions the bicycle rule is enshrined in the law. I am not too familiar with the walker recommendation being enshrined in the law unless for safety reasons.


117 posted on 04/14/2014 3:47:26 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: deks


118 posted on 04/14/2014 3:58:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: EveningStar; SamAdams76
Do you think foot patrols would be feasible in the 'burbs?

If we can get constitutional carry and very hard prison sentences, HELL YES!

119 posted on 04/14/2014 5:06:38 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: dmz

My wife got nervous with me riding a bike, so I bought a cell phone so if I got run over I could call her and let her know I was dead.


120 posted on 04/14/2014 7:08:26 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: JoeProBono; House Atreides

Officer Shawn Johnson of Whitehouse, Texas

Well, the most important thing is that the officer got home safely.

But seriously, the so called PEACE officer Shawn Johnson thinks he is somehow entitled to be a manly PIECE officer. Saw the interview with the attractive and gentle young lady so I understand why the officer might be interested in “talking” to her.

I also saw a picture of the squat, shaved head, tattooed, steroid’d up officer Shawn Johnson. I would imagine that Shawn Johnson of Whitehouse, Texas also has a small penis and suffers from the compensating behavior that goes with that unfortunate condition. And, by the way, just to help the Google crawlers out get this indexed properly”

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

Shawn Johson = Small Penis

OK Google, take it from here.

121 posted on 04/14/2014 7:45:27 PM PDT by conservative98
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To: Night Hides Not

Police chief needs to go, too.
-=0=-
Amen


122 posted on 04/14/2014 8:06:42 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: TexasGunLover

required

? ??? ?

WTF over


123 posted on 04/14/2014 8:08:14 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

i know when shtf i will not be helping any cops out. too concerned they willhave already lumped me into the enemy category at that point.


Cops will just be a blue/grey/tan resupply point.....2-legged war store


124 posted on 04/14/2014 8:19:01 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: TexasCajun

When the cop gets home will his significant partner be forgiving?


125 posted on 04/14/2014 8:27:39 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: JoeProBono

126 posted on 04/15/2014 6:04:01 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Daffynition

127 posted on 04/15/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Daffynition

128 posted on 04/15/2014 10:06:38 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: JoeProBono

She must have had a burned out Tail Light on her Caboose.


129 posted on 04/15/2014 10:14:49 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: JoeProBono

Police video of the incident has been released. . .

http://www.kltv.com/story/25246964/police-explain-controversial-chase-after-whitehouse-jogger


130 posted on 04/15/2014 12:05:38 PM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10)
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