Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The Wheels of justice
So the other day, I pointed out the absurdity of a police office and the resultant arrest and charges in an incident in which a woman, (who WAS speeding) was arrested for failing to pull over on a VERY dark and lonely stretch of road at approximately 11 PM. Instead of pulling over immediately, she turned her emergency flashers on and drove slowly about a mile to a well lit and public parking lot.
The absurdity was compounded by the officers supervisors ("The sheriff's office supports our officer's decision in this matter.") ...and then the Sheriff himself chose to back the officer as well.... One statement made was the she was "defiant" after the officer (with good reason, not knowing why she did what she did) was angry that she didn't stop , and when she did, got into her face.........But even after getting an explanation, he chose to be unreasonable and arrest her because she would not be cowed. As far as I know, it is legal to be "Defiant" as long as one does not resist arrest. But the Sheriff apparently feels differently, as he used that for the explanation as to why things went as far as they did...
So the woman, Delrea Good, was in limbo for a few weeks. Until of course, the Prosecutor chose to look at the facts of the case, at which time, since she wouldn't plead or cooperate, he chose to drop the charges (The Prosecutor in that county works in lockstep with the Sheriff, generally)...but in this case, "Upon review of the circumstances of the incident as well as information learned after the incident, it was determined that a dismissal of the charges was in the best interests of justice" (in other words, the dashcam video didn't show her fighting or resisting the officer in any way....and she followed suggested procedure for anyone who doesn't feel safe when being pulled over by an officer in a dark area).
Thing is, while the wheels of Justice turned, and while this is the way that things should work, it NEVER should have gotten this far.While I do understand the Deputy being upset (not knowing what was happening), once the explanation was given, he should have ended it there. Instead, he escalated it. Which led to the Sheriff's office being forced to eat Crow: "After a review of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Good's arrest, the Porter County Sheriff's office supports Porter County Prosecutor Gensel's decision to drop the charges"
This is a good way for the Police and Sheriff to destroy the support of decent, honest citizens...
I still think that if there is a viable candidate come next election, I'm gonna support him, instead of David Reynolds.
ETA (8:04 PM): SO this case has made NATIONAL NEWS.