Houston woman arrested for holding 'speed trap' sign
Did she violate the law?
- Duration 5:04
- Date Jun 29, 2012
Did she violate the law?
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Have a great legal debate for you now she was just trying to help people save money.
Avoid -- Sunday driver's license what's the harm in that her name is Natalie plumber he spent the night in jail the entire night in jail.
For holding up this sign warning drivers that police were pulling people over for speeding near is -- speed trap ahead.
Police initially said she was obstructing.
Why she -- -- and try to turn people are prince and former prosecutor.
Julie Jackson and Joseph -- to start with you with the disclosure.
I once got in trouble for feeding them announces -- near me got really angry at me but I just kind of doing that really.
Was trying to do just help other people that a crime.
A crime if gross proportions throw our -- -- life no lesson.
Here's the point the point is we have to remember -- that speed kills and as a result of that the police have a very difficult job what is that.
To ensure that the safety of the public is protected that our families a protected our husbands not wives -- children -- -- parents.
-- parents and as a result of that you don't need people out there who are impeding that activity how she impeding it.
Because she's out there and public and she's in -- trying to warn people that -- And that's further has the consequence of people being distracted and looking at her and as a result -- -- a police officer felt that it was inappropriate that she isn't -- every move to.
How -- she's distracting she's not helping people and she's not a police officers and she shouldn't do that -- thank.
-- that's just wrong but the police even knew themselves that they could not get this college student on obstruction of justice they knew that that would never step.
They couldn't arrest her legally she didn't do anything wrong for caring -- so let's look at what they didn't -- Backup for just the second -- got a young woman she's standing on the sidewalk with her -- -- -- her holding up -- -- -- -- that she made from her grocery bag.
She's well within her First Amendment constitutional rights show -- -- in Texas -- she did anything wrong.
The police come up to her they grabbed her backpack.
They searched her they search your backpack which by the way violates not only her first amendment rights of free speech.
That's her right against unreasonable search and seizure it's outrageous so -- don't rallying her fake.
They did and rape as an amber Nene didn't ever so -- She actually is not charging that second -- she was charged Webb with something -- -- -- in fact we actually didn't see the charges go through they weren't.
When we were looking into this for walking on the -- away.
Not on an exciting Arafat does -- like OK well here's that they jelly in Texas you're allowed if your driver -- -- seven thing.
On the road you can slash your headlights and someone on on you know oncoming traffic just to warn people off.
And -- this he would do that when they see a cop worth speed traps -- houses different.
And it would be better she was in a car doing it vs being on the site -- this somehow the fact that she -- -- driving it -- -- illegal.
Well first of all I think -- time might have been better spent holding up pictures of people who have died as a result of car crashes maybe that would have educated the public in terms of a violation of our rights when a police officer approaches you about something that they believe to be inappropriate improper and a violation of law.
That and then obstructing justice and impeding the of the administration of justice is indeed a violation of law just says it would be if she was out in the sidewalk.
From the sidewalk on the street excuse me and as a result of.
A public disturbance.
Tell me I'm just a minute they didn't charge -- with obstruction of justice because they couldn't they know what's really ironic about this whole thing.
Isn't the alleged purpose of speed traps to encourage people to -- down and follow the law.
This young college student was doing what the cops were doing for -- no I should've thanked her not arrest them -- what.
Which she was doing in essence was -- having people avoid getting a ticket not get respected on the stand up but there's a higher message here the message is we don't only want want people on the speed trap we -- -- them in general because beating as a result of that people die.
And I think.
Yeah that's exactly what she was doing.
Let let me ask you this what would have been the difference let's just say that instead of the signs saying speed trap her scientists said Obey the -- slowdown you'd have a different argument but it's exactly the same thing and I think when she was doing with the same thing happily.
Forget -- -- qualitatively let out it would be qualitatively different I think this speed track time was a device that was demonstrated that she was using.
In order to get people to be otherwise distracted the point of the matter is is that by virtue of her even being there I think decree to -- -- -- distracted that's improper inappropriate in the police to the right thing in arresting are they already have a difficult job it doesn't need to be made more difficult by a presence.
I'm doing -- this management's -- spot -- website.
Speed trap ahead dot org there's likely cases like this in in Texas in fact.
Where people are trying to warn other people about speed traps and speed trap ahead got bored.
-- you get pulled over for speeding up and wanna know about it or feeding the media -- somebody I guess I know we've -- and I didn't say Delhi.
I don't get pulled over if delegates pulled over for speeding it taxes so which he had this woman on the -- -- -- I think when he thinks that plummeting quite beautiful yeah well I -- I think -- -- today you.