Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Grass Is Always Greener... On The Inside

This has to be one of the most asinine displays of police brutality and legal incompetence EVER. But then again, I've never been to Utah so perhaps it's just my own ignorance shining through.

OREM, Utah (AP) -- A 70-year-old woman arrested in a dispute over her brown lawn pleaded not guilty Tuesday. "Let's bring sanity back to law enforcement," attorney Gloria Allred said.

Betty Perry is charged with resisting arrest and failing to maintain her landscaping, both misdemeanors. She was arrested July 6 after failing to give her name to a police officer who visited her home.

Oh, but it gets better. There was "a struggle" during which Perry fell and was injured. "The mayor and City Council apologized, and the police department said the situation could have been handled differently," according to the Associated Press. So the charges are being dropped, you ask. Yeah right. And of course, what would a story like this be without a coup de grĂ¢ce?

Perry's water had been turned off for about nine months, at her request, although she was living at the house at the time of the arrest. Orem has a shut-off policy for people who are away for extended periods.

In other words Orem knew (the elderly) Mrs. Perry had no water for her lawn. It was the city that shut it off.


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