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Woman arrested, cuffed for eating candy bar in subway station

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by japillahan, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. japillahan

    japillahan Senior Member

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    WASHINGTON, July 29 — Eating en route to or while riding the subway here is a no-no.
    Stephanie Willett, a government employee, found that out the hard way recently. Finishing a candy bar on her way into a Metro station, she was arrested, handcuffed and detained for three hours.

    Willett said she was eating a PayDay bar on an escalator descending into a station July 16 when a transit policeman warned her to finish it before entering the station. Both Willett and police agree that she nodded and put the last bit into her mouth before throwing the wrapper into a trash can.

    Willett, a 45-year-old Environmental Protection Agency scientist, told radio station WTOP that the officer then followed her into the station, one of several in downtown Washington.

    ''Don't you have some other crimes you have to take care of?'' Willett said she told the officer.

    Washington has been under heightened security because of the continuing threat of terrorism. And last week, police declared a citywide crime emergency over rising juvenile crime.

    The transit police officer asked for Willett's identification, but Willett kept walking. She said she was then frisked and handcuffed.

    ''If she had stopped eating, it would have been the end of it and if she had just stopped for the issuance of a citation, she never would have been locked up,'' Transit Police Chief Polly Hanson said Thursday.

    Metrorail has been criticized in the past for heavy-handed enforcement of the eating ban. In 2000, a police officer handcuffed a 12-year-old girl for eating a french fry on a subway platform.

    In 2002, one of their officers ticketed a wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy patient for cursing when he was unable to find a working elevator to leave a station . Unflattering publicity eventually led the police to void the ticket.

    Willett was the second person arrested this year for eating or drinking, Hanson said. In addition, police have issued 58 tickets and given more than 300 written warnings.
  2. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

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    It's gotten to the point where everyone's a criminal, huh?

  3. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  4. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Shit's crazy all over


    Cell Phone at Movie Leads to 2 Arrests
    The Associated Press

    A college student who took a cell phone call from her mother in a movie theater was pepper sprayed by a police officer and charged with disorderly conduct, along with her boyfriend.

    Warronnica Harris, 23, was at the Muvico theater at BayWalk on Saturday night, watching the opening credits to Catwoman when her cell phone rang.

    "It was my mom calling me," Harris said. "It was a family emergency."

    Harris said she spoke so quietly that her mother couldn't hear her. Then Officer John Douglas shined a flashlight in her eyes.

    He asked Harris and her boyfriend, Terrell "KC" Tolson, 25, to leave. He pushed Harris in the hallway, then pepper sprayed both of them in the lobby, the couple said. Neither Harris nor Tolson has a criminal record.

    Police denied their account, saying Harris refused to end her cell phone conversation, yelled at Douglas and refused to leave the theater. Her boyfriend also refused to leave and threatened the officer, police said.

    Witnesses said the pair did nothing wrong.
  5. crave

    crave Veteran Member

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    wow, both those cases present a pretty bad state of affairs.
  6. destroya

    destroya Senior Member

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    Re: Shit's crazy all over

    bitch got off easy. i would've choked the shit out of her.

    destroya doesn't play that shit.
  7. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

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    Re: Re: Shit's crazy all over

    ah, ever the ladies man eh?
  8. Telo

    Telo Elite Member

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    Agreed destroya.. If the lady didnt finish the candy bar i would of taken out the knightstick and went directly for the shins.. That bitch would been bleedin over a candy bar...

    :lol: ..

    no seriously.. how wack is this ??
  9. the_gooch

    the_gooch 12oz Loyalist

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  10. TheoHuxtab|e

    TheoHuxtab|e Banned

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  11. serum

    serum Elite Member

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    shit i'm glad i left america.
  12. StarzAbove

    StarzAbove Veteran Member

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    WoW thats such a petty crime:lol:
  13. wiseguy

    wiseguy Elite Member

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    what happens to the police responsible for arresting these people?
  14. CRAMPS

    CRAMPS Senior Member

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    absofuckinglutely nothing!

    last year a denver cop shot and killed a retarded black kid saying he had a knife and was going to stab him....the kid was playing with a plastic ninja katana i think..but he was PLAYING WITH IT....and they didnt do shit to the cop.

    then like three weeks ago in denver cops broke into the wrong house, then shot this old guy to death...he had a gun sais the police...he had a soda can and was in bed watching tv......

    fuck this.
  15. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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