Across the United States, a crime wave is threatening the very fabric of American life. Pregnant women are refusing to sign traffic tickets.
Authorities are unclear how to stop this. Should these women be shot on sight? Or will simple tasering be sufficient?
In Washington state, the police have decided to go with the kinder, gentler approach: tasering.
But one formerly pregnant woman has sued the police for this. So, next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide.
Malaika Brooks was driving her son to school. She was stopped fir a moving violation. The policeman adked her to sign a traffic ticket. She refused, thinking this would be an admission of guilt.
In Washinton state, it is a crime to refuse to sign a traffic ticket. So, the cop ordered her out of the car. She refused.
This woman was clearly dangerous.
The policeman consulted with two of his colleagues as to the proper penalty. They agreed on the taser.
First shot: her leg. Next, her arm. Finally, the grand finale: her neck.
After she came to her senses, she sued the three officers.
The case went to the U.S. Court of Appeals. The cops won a split decision. “The majority believed that the officers used excessive force but could not be sued because the law was unclear at the time of the incident.”
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said that Brooks had been “defiant” and “deaf to reason,” which caused the incident to occur, and that the officers deserved praise and commendations for their actions. Although the officers won the case, the court informed them that “some future use of Tasers would cross a constitutional line and amount to excessive force.” The officers appealed the case to the Supreme Court to “clear their names” and preserve their right to “a useful pain technique.”
A useful pain technique. Right. I get it.
My advice: if you get pulled over in Washington state for speeding, let alone running a red light, sign the ticket.