12/11/2005: Holiday stories from Tex-ASS...
This story reported in the Dallas Observer about Texas man who spent 11 days in jail for *jaywalking*:
..."We had just got off the DART train in the West End," he told me. "We were in the legal crosswalk, and we were walking toward the Greyhound station. After we got across, there was two officers there, and we walked right past them.
"I heard one say, 'Y'all need to be on the other side of the street.' That was kind of puzzling to me. It didn't sound like a command. It was a very calm voice. I said in a calm voice, "Well, we're supposed to be over here. We're going toward the Greyhound station.'
"I heard him say, 'You longhairs are not going to fuck with me.' He attempted to grab my hand behind my back. Natural reaction, I turned around and grabbed my hand. He was pulling my hair. The other officer slammed me up against the rail.
"I did not hit them. I did not run. I didn't say anything cuss-word. Any witness coming forward will not say I did."
Interesting thing: I did speak to a couple of witnesses, and they do support Lyon's version of the story.
Here's this guy with his son, and his big offense is that he crosses against a red light. And this winds up with half a dozen transit cops spraying him with pepper spray, beating on him in front of his kid and then hauling him away in cuffs. And then they send the child off alone into the city. It's like a damn scene from Sophie's Choice.
Do we really need this to keep people from jaywalking?
Happy Holidays from The DART security police who work for the local transit authority. Bleh!
Karen on 12.11.05 @ 07:12 AM CST