77-Year-Old Grandma Gets Arrested

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in Misc

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Her family wants an apology for "excessive force" used on her. Do you think this was excessive, I-A-B? Story in credits.
There are 64 comments:
Male 559
Not only did he not punch/kick her in the face... he didn`t strike her at all. The cop did not use any excessive force.

He did make a bad call in taking her to jail. His judgement should be seriously questioned for wasting his time and our money on this old hag.

There were several other actions he could have taken before taking the action he did. He was just following the process without regard to the actual severity of the situation. He should have also pointed out that her cooperation would aid him in letting her go take a piss sooner.
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Female 29
she shouldnt get any apology. nothing he did was wrong. dont be a bitch, you won`t be treated like one.
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Male 450
While her certainly got hot very quickly she was definitely not cooperating.
Both could have handled this better but she was in the wrong more so than he was.
He just let her get to him and went from zero to pissed in one sentence. That is enough to worry me when you have someone who works "for the people."
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Male 2,085
She called his bluff and lost. Toooo bad!
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Male 6,098
pak - man,
Your comment has no point. Yes, drugs are illegal, rightfully or not (this isn`t a good venue for that debate), and have been known to hurt and even kill people. Same goes for speeding.
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Male 645
I guess I missed the excessive force. Plenty of douchebaggery but no excessive force.
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Male 650
That lady was a stupid old cnnt. I hope her bladder infection never heals.
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Male 15,832
I read the news story about this. Someone who claims to know them both posted a comment basically saying the cop is a really nice guy, and the old lady is a nasty bitch. Here`s the quote from "Cheli":

[quote]First of all, I know both the officer and Mrs. Bedford personally I worked in Keene and they both were my customers. I know for a fact that Gene is an excellent police officer and was always there when we need him! He is always kind and caring! Mrs. Bedford on the other hand was always rude, inpatient, and intolerant! When we would ask her questions about what she needed she was always so hateful, so this does not surprise me one bit...[/quote]
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Male 554
When the cop says "give me your license & Reg" you give it! Suck it up idiots! What makes people think they are entitled to special treatment just because you are a bit older?????? Seniors can be just as bad or worse than anyone else. Maybe she has a history of being difficult, maybe she has been suspended from driving because she`s on a bunch of meds or has a heart condition. These are the things they won`t tell you because it would totally ruin the "sensationalism" of the story. Actually there wouldn`t be a story would there?
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Male 17
in the mean while a drug deal is been made just across the street
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Male 3,668
Every single argument the granddaughter made against the cop is more like a point in his favor...
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Male 376
so the lady is embarrassed that her life is the subject of opinion polls - whose fault is that? the granddaughter. is there another problem here?
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Male 2,384
yea drat the police
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Male 1,252
oh drat off that cop could have beanbagged her all over the road... he asserted reasoning and authority, asked for co operation ..did not get it, issued a statement of intent ..old lady agreed and resisted.
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Male 2,988
she got exactly what she deserved. hell, she even asked for it!
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Female 695
she did not follow a lawful order of a police officer and the cop followed department policy.
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Male 518
Why is it so difficult for some people to just do what the officer asks them to do? He`s just doing his job, why try to make them mad?
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Female 4,084
i would have pee`ed in his car.
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Male 23
LOL, i love how the granddaughter has posted this on her Facebook and her friends (i`m assuming) have been telling her basicly what we have been saying here
Grandma should have been more cooperative
Cop could have had a better attitude
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Male 307
For the most part, I have found that DFW cops are understanding and willing to assist as long as you are polite and courteous to them.. when you get an attitude, that`s when the hammer comes out.

This lady most definitely deserved what she got.
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Male 140
Its not `excessive force` he told her to get out of her vehicle several times which she did not do he can use reasonable force to remove her from the car when she isn`t complying with orders, if this had been anyone younger there wouldn`t have even been so much as a short article about it. If old people want to drive like the rest of us then they have to comply with the same things.
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Male 267
Stupid old hag
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Female 1,589
Old people think they can get away with anything. I worked in a customer service job for 6 years, and they always acted so stuck up. Their mentality is "You should respect your elders." Nope. The same rules apply to everyone.
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Male 3,908
I`m not a big fan of the cops but I don`t think there`s anything wrong here. He asked for the license & registration, she said she has to go to the bathroom, he asked again, she said she`ll get it when she`s ready, he asked again adding that if she didn`t she`d go to jail, she told him to go right ahead and do it. She was wrong and acting like a bitch right off the bat. Case closed. Next.
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Male 23
on a more serious note if she had simply handed him her license and registration and explained to him as she was doing so that she has a bladder infection (truth or not) and really needed to get to a restroom or home he probably would have let her go with a written warning.
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Male 23
I`d hit it... ohh wait wrong vid

Old people shouldn`t drive anyways
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Male 1,510
Officer: "give me your license now or I`ll take you to jail"
Lady: "well go ahead"
End of story.
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Male 6
Average arrest cost over $4000. 15 mins of a cops time ~$50
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Male 6
The problem is that cops are no longer personable. They come off as not giving a drat for anything other than procedures.

He could have easily calmed the situation down by spending 1-2 more mins negotiating with her instead of going right to the arrest.

Now we get to bear the cost of having her see a judge jail etc.

If you don`t want to deal with people then don`t be a cop.

This arrest was pointless other than to be a jerk.
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Female 146
This woman was a big bitch, she deserved it
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Female 146
She totally deserved it....I`ve found a lot of older people are just rude and uncompromising these days, I know that sounds bad but the evidence is right here
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Female 1,803
Why, oh, why do people make things hard for themselves for no damn reason? I swear most people`s problems are self-inflicted but it`s always someone else`s fault.
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Male 1,442
He didn`t even pull her out with much force... she just relaxed her whole body as he was trying to tug her out and that made her heavier, so she dropped like a sack of sand the second she was nearly out.
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Male 5,314
all she had to do was show him her license. it didn`t seem excessive to me. he pulled out a suspect who wasn`t cooperative and arrested her. she even said take me to jail!
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Male 68
yep, grandma is wrong.
My only issue is that he kept saying "lady" instead of "Ma`am"

Other than that, yeah she got what she deserved and no extra time should be given to her and she doesnt get to call the shots.
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Male 8,689
Let`s see. Old lady is belligerent, uncooperative and resistant.

She got arrested for failure to comply.

What`s the story here?
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Male 7,123
He started off polite enough. She wanted to call the shots, which was stupid.
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Female 1,259
Just because you are old, it does not mean that the laws do not apply to you and that you are above them.
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Male 232
I clicked on this thinking i`d respond in favor of the old lady but this one deserves what she got - next time she ought to listen lol.
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Male 6,098
@ CrakrJak:
Damn straight, man! Granddaughter says her age makes her deserve extra respect. I say it means she`s old enough to know better!
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Male 6,098
miasmaat,
The whole thing could have been a few minutes of inconvenience and then both go on their way. I strongly suspect the cop hated every moment of how it actually went down and probably still feels bad. I say fine the lady and use the money to buy the cop a beer!
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Male 7,839
I think anybody is siding with her on this one?
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Male 761
Cops deal with some serious s/hit all the time and one them is attacks from the least expected people. This includes the elderly. He has no idea of anything beyond that this person is becoming verbally combative and isn`t listening to the simplest request.

This is called hostility. Police do not respond nicely to it. Not because they`re arsewholes but because of their training. You never want to give control of a situation to the other person. Which is done by being overly assertive and aggressive.

Could he have explained it better, sure, but did he do anything wrong? No.
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Male 1,471
She should have been less bitchy, given him her license and registration, then perhaps asked nicely if he could speed it up a bit because she had to go do her bladder thing.. It would have been over in 2 minutes..

Seriously, if you get arrested at a routine traffic stop, it`s your own damn fault..
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Male 17,511
Not excessive force, she refused the cops order to see her driver`s license and tried to be `bossy` to him. She said, "Go ahead" as a challenge to the cop, thinking he wouldn`t arrest her. She found out she was wrong.

Moral of the story, Don`t be a dick to the cops. They protect you while you sleep and it`s a thankless job, most of the time.
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Male 178
I`m siding with the cop.......shes old enough to know the ticket drill.
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Female 4,039
She`s a crazy old bag - he should have tazed her.
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Male 2,389
I think he showed some restraint. TBH, how much time was she wasting being a dumbass. License and registration.. scribble scribble scribble. Sign here. Done. It`s not like she denied the speeding.
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Male 1,369
I hate cops but in this case, the cop is right
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Male 40,236

"I want an apology" means "I want a cash settlement".
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Male 168
She was full of doo doo. How many of us already have that "If I get pulled over I`m going to tell them [this]" speech lined up? She should not have challenged his authority and did what he asked BUT he also seems to have gone off the deep end and could have handled this situation differently.
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Male 657
She`s embarrassed because the video went public.

Whose fault is that, now?
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Female 298
Fire the cop and fine the lady.
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Male 6,098
Could`ve been handled differently but, no, not excessive. He started out politely, she challenged his authority. "Medical condition"? She has a urinary infection - could`ve used the bathroom before getting in the car. She could`ve/should`ve said, "OK, officer, but can I please explain something first?", instead of implying that she would comply only when she felt ready to do so. Once she told him to arrest her but refused to leave the car, some amount of force was inevitable. It`s her fault. Grand daughter says the lady is embarrassed. She should be...she acted like a fool.
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Male 39
The police officer did nothing wrong here.
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Male 2,703
I`m becoming less and less a fan of police but all this woman had to do was take 10 seconds and comply by handing over her credentials.

This is how it usually works with police. First they ask. If that done not work they tell. If that doesn`t work they make. Especially when somebody`s stupid enough to say "Go ahead and arrest me."
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Male 1,793
he really enjoyed that didn`t he...
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Male 4,310
It most cities (I don’t know about that one) cops are not to try to pull people out of a car. And to wait until the come out on their own even if it takes two days
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2,887
both seem like morons too me
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Male 14,331
I`m sorry your grandma`s such a khunt!
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Male 4,310
she was wrong
and the cop was more worng
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Female 2,769
Why do people insist on messing with cops?

This was very simple, you were speeding, let me see your licensee and registration.

When I get to it.

Ok, arrested.

Feel bad she was 77- but she`s had 50+ years of driving to figure out no to break the law by speeding
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Male 1,218
He probably didn`t need to yank her out of the vehicle onto the ground, but she was definitely being combative and refusing his requests. Asking for your license and proof of insurance is pretty standard when you`re pulled over by an officer. I usually have them ready before he walks up. Seems like she expected special treatment. Guess she got it.
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Female 8,043
Link: 77-Year-Old Grandma Gets Arrested [Rate Link] - Her family wants an apology for `excessive force` used on her. Do you think this was excessive, I-A-B? Story in credits.
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