Stop And Flirt?
Or, perhaps, stop and butthurt.
A woman on a morning walk in Whitehouse, Texas got thrown down and arrested for not being willing to answer the questions of a motorcycle cop. Nina Harrelson writes on CBS19.TV:
She says the cop was acting suspicious and she felt threatened, but police officials say she handled it the wrong way.
Melissa Bonnette says she was on her usual morning walk around 9:45 a.m. Friday when a man in uniform on a motorcycle pulled up next to her, asking if she lived in the area and if he could speak to her.
"I thought that maybe he was flirting," she said. "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."
She says she was worried he might not even a real cop, so she refused to stop and began jogging away from him.
"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," she said.
"The motorcycle has a patch on both sides of the gas tank. It's black and white and says 'Whitehouse Police,' and has red and blue lights on it," Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton said. "So you have to take it for what it is. Do you think he's a Whitehouse police officer? Why would you think he's someone impersonating a police officer?"
That's when Bonnette says he got off his bike, chased her down, tackled her and threw her in handcuffs.
"I just was crying and I was saying 'Please sir, please sir. Why are you doing this?' It was like I was in a nightmare. I hadn't done anything wrong," she said.
"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," Shelton said. "And he had a lawful reason to be there and to stop her."
That reason, Shelton says, is that Bonnette was walking on the wrong side of the road.
"By law, you have to be to the far left facing oncoming traffic," he said.
Okay, why not tell her that instead of asking her a bunch of questions? And why not tell her she was guilty of this maaaajor crime instead?
A commenter at the site, TSmith1953 writes:
Well I just watched the video too. Looked to me like the cop wanted to flirt and got his feelings hurt when she wasn't impressed / intimidated by him. It's a very small alleyway with no traffic other than the motorcycle. The wrong side of the road bit was just an excuse. In fact, the cop was riding his motorcycle on the wrong side of the road too, so you tell me which is worse?!