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Posted on 07/07/2007 3:40:24 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
'He really abused me,' resident says after arrest by Orem police officer
OREM - Two days after Independence Day, 70-year-old Betty Perry experienced an ordeal she said shouldn't be happening in America.
The retired military and U.S. government employee answered the door at her home Friday morning to talk with a police officer about her bone-dry lawn and ended up getting arrested and suffering a bloody nose. "What have I done?" she asked. "I'm old now. I can't believe this."
The Orem police officer, as yet unnamed by city officials, cited Perry for violating a city ordinance with her "sadly neglected and dying landscape," which resembles dry hay.
When Perry refused to give her name and tried to walk inside to call her son, the officer tried to arrest her, police say. According to a police news release, while she was struggling, she tripped and fell on her doorstop, cutting open the bridge of her nose. But Perry maintains the officer split her nose when he hit her with the set of handcuffs he was trying to restrain her with.
"As far as I'm concerned, he really abused me - he brutally abused me," Perry said. "For what?" The officer called for backup, because he was driving a truck, and the now-handcuffed Perry was taken to a holding facility in Orem. She was not given water or allowed to wash her hands or call her son, she said.
"After being booked, supervisors became aware of the circumstances and immediately released the woman and returned her to her home on the basis that there were other options available to handle this situation besides making an arrest and holding the woman in jail," Orem police Lt. Doug Edwards wrote in the news release.
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Another hyper-inflated police uniform.
Death, Taxes, and now Water your yard
Yes he will learn to be a better Obersturmbannführer! I can't believe they would arrest an old lady over her lawn maintenance. I hope she gets a nice settlement.
In south Florida you better not water your lawn or they will give you a bloody nose.
This is another of the less than 1% that needs to be fired immediately and put in the jail where he belongs.
With judgment this poor, he shouldn't be given the chance to have a "learning experience". He should be summarily dismissed from the force.
I hope she sues their Jack-Booted asses off..
But, he had a badge and a smoky bear hat......he was special.
Sue their pants off.
The police can water the lawn themselves while they’re peeing on the Fourth Amendment.
This brings back memories of the “Great Water Shortage” in CA, years ago. People would actually rat you out if you were seen hosing down your driveway or having a green lawn. Some folks actually spray painted their dead lawns green!
Why didn’t the cop ask the lady if she needed help with her watering and landscape chores? Was she having trouble paying for the extra water to keep her grass green? Naaah, just another jackbooted thug who makes the rest of LE officers look bad.
Orem? Utah? Mormon? What hath Brigham wrought?
“After being booked, supervisors became aware of the circumstances and immediately released the woman and returned her to her home on the basis that there were other options available to handle this situation besides making an arrest and holding the woman in jail,” Orem police Lt. Doug Edwards wrote in the news release.
She’ll be able to hire a gardener after her attorneys get through with this police dept.
‘Closed door session’ of city council, mayor, and city attorney will be occuring real soon regarding the impending lawsuit.
I play golf sometimes with a guy who’s a retired police officer from a nice town (read nothing exciting happens, nothing to get jaded about, etc.) he would be the last guy I ever guessed was a cop until he told me.
He said he knew it was time for him to leave when all the new guys were these steroid-fueled, shaven head monsters. He tells me about these guys pulling granny over for speeding strolling up to the window, un harnessing the gun, slowly reaching down to flick off the safety before asking granny for her license, insurance and registration.
How do all these cops get away with being steroid freaks!!!! I see it all the time, I KNOW what a steroid body looks like, I know what’s natural and what’s not.
Wyatt Earp Syndrone strikes again.
In Lone Pine, CA they’d have beaten her for USING water if she HAD a lawn.
I wish Roscoe, Kevin Curry and Arne Fufkin were still around. I always enjoyed seeing them twist into pretzels in an attempt to justify any police action.
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