Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Woman, 70, Bloody nose for having a dry lawn
sltrib.com ^ | 07/07/07 | Julie Espinosa

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at sltrib.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: arrested; bloodynose; donutwatch; drylawn; govwatch; jackboots; jbt; jbtapologists; lawns; lawthug; lds; leo; mormons; post260; propertyrights; revenooers; statistsonfr; turf; utah; zoning
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 301-342 next last

1 posted on 07/07/2007 3:40:26 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Another hyper-inflated police uniform.


2 posted on 07/07/2007 3:43:27 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid...even by congressional standards.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Death, Taxes, and now Water your yard


3 posted on 07/07/2007 3:43:46 PM PDT by SShultz460
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3
".. Edwards described the arresting officer as intelligent and professional, and he expected the "learning experience" would not be wasted on him..."

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.

4 posted on 07/07/2007 3:45:51 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3
Next time, maybe you'll remember to water your lawn!

(obvious sarcasm)

5 posted on 07/07/2007 3:46:25 PM PDT by SIDENET (Jorge W. Arbusto is the Mexchurian candidate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

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.


6 posted on 07/07/2007 3:47:16 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the US Senate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3
Edwards described the arresting officer as intelligent and professional, and he expected the "learning experience" would not be wasted on him.

With judgment this poor, he shouldn't be given the chance to have a "learning experience". He should be summarily dismissed from the force.

7 posted on 07/07/2007 3:49:03 PM PDT by NittanyLion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Anti-Bubba182
"I hope she gets a nice settlement."

I hope she sues their Jack-Booted asses off..

8 posted on 07/07/2007 3:49:27 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: NittanyLion

But, he had a badge and a smoky bear hat......he was special.


9 posted on 07/07/2007 3:50:23 PM PDT by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

...............


10 posted on 07/07/2007 3:50:55 PM PDT by kinoxi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Sue their pants off.


11 posted on 07/07/2007 3:52:05 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

The police can water the lawn themselves while they’re peeing on the Fourth Amendment.


12 posted on 07/07/2007 3:52:52 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

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.


13 posted on 07/07/2007 3:53:21 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Orem? Utah? Mormon? What hath Brigham wrought?


14 posted on 07/07/2007 3:53:25 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (t)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

“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.


15 posted on 07/07/2007 3:54:35 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TASMANIANRED

‘Closed door session’ of city council, mayor, and city attorney will be occuring real soon regarding the impending lawsuit.


16 posted on 07/07/2007 3:57:09 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

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.


17 posted on 07/07/2007 3:58:04 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Wyatt Earp Syndrone strikes again.


18 posted on 07/07/2007 3:58:57 PM PDT by BuffaloJack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TheSpottedOwl

In Lone Pine, CA they’d have beaten her for USING water if she HAD a lawn.


19 posted on 07/07/2007 3:59:17 PM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: phil1750

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.


20 posted on 07/07/2007 4:00:34 PM PDT by NittanyLion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Anti-Bubba182

It was Greggie and Douggie...and some of the other Hitler youth.

21 posted on 07/07/2007 4:00:49 PM PDT by mgstarr (KZ-6090 Smith W.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: YOUGOTIT

In south Florida you better not water your lawn or they will give you a bloody nose.


My base housing manager tried to “nickel and dime” me to death with the base watering regulations. I had put out our sprinkler early (outside the official watering hours) and got ticketed. Meanwhile there were other households watering from sunrise to sunset every day (you are only allowed to water every other day based on your house number). My neighbor did not get ticketed even though they had turned on their sprinkler early and also watered on “the wrong day.”

After speaking with my First Sergeant I took a note pad and drove around the base, three days in a row, annotating addresses of “violators.” Meanwhile my first sergeant warned the housing manager that if I get one more ticket I would be bringing my chain of command and my list to his office. We would see if the rules are being enforced equally. The reasonable expectation would be that most of those households would have tickets on file.

I have no problem paying the consequences if I am in the wrong. Just don’t go enforcing rules selectively! You can tell a lot about a man by how he reacts when he is given a little authority.


22 posted on 07/07/2007 4:01:24 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

I take it this is what passes for crime in Orem.


23 posted on 07/07/2007 4:01:49 PM PDT by Mila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: denydenydeny
This is a mess. This Officer should have used a whole lot more discretion than he did. It seems this matter did not warrant what he proscribed. OTOH, however, not having been there, I can only surmise that this older lady should not have dealt with it the way she did. Walking away from cops in the middle of a field interview can not be too smart.

Flame away.

24 posted on 07/07/2007 4:02:39 PM PDT by tenthirteen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3
There is even a case where a black cop was FILMED shooting an unarmed white boy who was laying on the ground trying to calm him down. He told the kid to get up and then shot him repeatedly. She should be happy all she got was a bloody nose.

In the video below, the black cop shot the white kid who was unarmed and lying on the ground prone and trying to calm the obviously hysterical cop.

The cop lied and said that the kid lunged at him - the video is dark, but you can clearly see that this kid did not lunge at anything, he was terrified. The cop was a maniac and shot him in cold blood. He knows that he will get a black jury to let him go.

The kid happened to also have been a military policeman.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=547_1183537759

Welcome to the Police State.
Water your lawn b!tch!

25 posted on 07/07/2007 4:04:20 PM PDT by Bon mots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Oh geez...and I’ve been afraid I’ll be arrested for watering my flowers.


26 posted on 07/07/2007 4:05:24 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

I can hear the supervisors now: “you arrested this old woman for WHAT?????” You A$$hole! This creep does not belong on the police force.


27 posted on 07/07/2007 4:05:32 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Liberals, A terrorists best friend!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RobinOfKingston
Another hyper-inflated police uniform.

Officer should be fired immediately and charged in some measure or another with assault on a citizen.

Absolute gutless little pr*ck....who clearly has no demeanor needed in a position of authority. However sadly, we will likely see the blue protects blue mindset come into play....and he will continue "serving" to "protect us".

28 posted on 07/07/2007 4:05:41 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SIDENET

“Next time, maybe you’ll remember to water your lawn!”

I agree, miscreants like this need severe punishment.
I’m guessing the lawn is only the tip of the iceberg.

The walls inside her home, probably have paint that is over 2 years old on them.


29 posted on 07/07/2007 4:07:25 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: bannie
thats because if you use water in the Owens valley l.a. water and power police will have less water to steal much of the Owens valley is on fire due to lightning strikes yesterday afternoon. makes the Tahoe fire like a Sunday school picnic
30 posted on 07/07/2007 4:07:55 PM PDT by mt tom (high in the sierras looking down into the garden spot of the world)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Grizzled Bear
Does Base Housing still suck as much as it did at Camp Pendleton in the late 60's?

I lived in the barracks, but one weekend the Captain paid some great cash to a handful of us to do some stuff around his place...what an absolutely disgraceful dump.

31 posted on 07/07/2007 4:16:50 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Westlander

Mr. Badge heavy needs a different line of work...


32 posted on 07/07/2007 4:17:59 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

I’m sure some FReepers would be more than happy to send an email to the elected officials.

http://www.orem.org/


33 posted on 07/07/2007 4:18:03 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bannie

What, Bill Lutze is on lawn patrol, now?


34 posted on 07/07/2007 4:18:04 PM PDT by Mugwump (Better Living Through Sarcasm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Another lawsuit pending against the police. I see a violation of her cival rights as well.


35 posted on 07/07/2007 4:19:54 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

What a dumbassed cop.The vetting process is sorely deficient in that police department.Lawsuit city is on the way.


36 posted on 07/07/2007 4:20:44 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

Another lawsuit pending against the police. I see a violation of her cival rights as well.

Cival should be Civil but my brains spelling function is out of service,


37 posted on 07/07/2007 4:23:03 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3
Yall aren't going to like this but not all 70 y/o women are sweet little old ladies. The officer was probably sent to give her a ticket. It says she refused to give him her name and walked off. I don't like her playing the age card. She should have to obey the law like anyone else. She had already been warned.

That said, because of the decreased balance and fragile skin that tends to go with aging he might have been able to have been more careful. I don't know though. I wasn't there

38 posted on 07/07/2007 4:23:49 PM PDT by CindyDawg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DevSix

I think they need to hire “old people” to arrest “old people” :’)


39 posted on 07/07/2007 4:25:19 PM PDT by CindyDawg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

The bigger issue is the actual ordinance that said you have to have a green lawn!

In the city I live in they now have a law that if your grass is over 8 inches tall you can be ticketed and fined up to $500!

I have weeds that are a foot tall - will I get fined? Nobody knows. Who enforces this? Nobody knows. From what point is the 8 inches measured and does ALL the grass have to be that tall or only some of it?

It’s like we all live in gated communities with the people we elect to these offices (or are hired like a City Manager) worried about housing values. For Pete’s sake the housing values here have already tanked - can’t go anywhere but up even if the grass is two feet tall.

It’s really time to start taking a look at these silly laws and ordinances and get rid of the fools who write them, then get them off the books.


40 posted on 07/07/2007 4:25:44 PM PDT by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3
"In the West, Whiskey's for drinkin'. Water's for fightin' over"
Mark Twain.
41 posted on 07/07/2007 4:25:51 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Technically, we are all Republicans.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: denydenydeny

“peeing on the Fourth Amendment”

Didn’t know there still was a 4th.............

/s


42 posted on 07/07/2007 4:26:07 PM PDT by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mugwump
I think he sends little people out into the heat. ;-)
43 posted on 07/07/2007 4:28:19 PM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: msrngtp2002

I can see if it is for health/safety reasons but not for appearance. We have been having a lot of rain lately. I mowed the back, but had to to stop. I came back the next day to finish and there were high weeds already up from the mowed part.


44 posted on 07/07/2007 4:28:38 PM PDT by CindyDawg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: tenthirteen
Flame away.

You asked for it.


45 posted on 07/07/2007 4:30:49 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: TornadoAlley3

If this “officer” had tried this BS at my home, he would be room temperature.


46 posted on 07/07/2007 4:31:13 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: word_warrior_bob
"...all the new guys were these steroid-fueled, shaven head monsters..."

cough-bullshit-cough.

47 posted on 07/07/2007 4:31:39 PM PDT by verity (Muhammed and Harry Reid are Dirt Bags)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: msrngtp2002
I have weeds that are a foot tall - will I get fined? Nobody knows. Who enforces this? Nobody knows.

If you lived in Wichita a couple of decades ago, you'd know...."BTK, Code Enforcement Czar" ruled the 'hood with an iron fist by day...


48 posted on 07/07/2007 4:32:08 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: bannie

“I think he sends little people out into the heat.”

Yup. And there’s more and more of ‘em there, unfortunately.

Had to move back “down south” after four years up there. How’d the reunion go? I was a bit under the weather and had to miss it.

Feel free to Freepmail me, BTW...


49 posted on 07/07/2007 4:33:55 PM PDT by Mugwump (Better Living Through Sarcasm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: SShultz460
When is Al Gore going to defend her? She was just conserving precious resources.
50 posted on 07/07/2007 4:36:47 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I buy gas for my SUV with the Carbon Offsets I sell on Ebay!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 301-342 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson