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February 21, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Austin, Texas, is supposed to be weird. It is not supposed to be a police state. But take a look at this video, taken downtown near the University of Texas campus and posted Thursday.

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In the video, a pair of police officers can be seen standing over a woman who is sitting on the sidewalk. She speaks to the videographer across the street, telling him that she hasn’t done anything wrong. The officers cuff her and lead her to their squad car to take her to the police station. At that point, she begins to scream at full volume that she has done nothing wrong.

According to the Daily Caller and local news, the police had camped on a corner and were issuing jaywalking citations. The jogger came along, wearing earbuds listening to music. That’s common around the university, around the city, around the entire world.

Police ordered her to stop, and she did not hear them and continued jogging. Police then chased her and tried to grab her to get her attention, and she reacted as just about anyone would, and tried to brush them off before realizing that they were police officers. A witness, Chris Quintero, saw the incident and said that it was clear that the woman could not hear the police officers when they first approached her, and reacted to being touched from behind.

Jaywalking is a class c misdemeanor, not typically an offense that leads to arrest. Police say the jogger was arrested for failure to identify herself and for a traffic signal violation. The arrest is under investigation.

Municipalities often use traffic violation citations to generate revenue.

Somewhat unrelated, but it was so controversial for Arizona to require green card-holding immigrants to identify themselves whenever law enforcement demand, that the Obama administration sued the state to get rid of that law.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The irony has nothing at all to do with cops, or overreactions. The irony is that as a young female in Austin Texas, the chance of her being an Obama supporter is about 99.99997%. She actually VOTED to hand over her personal freedom to the government. Cheered for it. Relished in it. Swooned over it. Hope and Change, Baby. Well, here's the change you voted for. Not the change you wanted, but that change was a moronic dream contained only in your head. When you vote for a socialist, you get socialism. Now be a good serf, and go onto Healthcare.gov and see how much you will need to pay Lord Obama to live on Obama's lands.
27 weeks ago
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Paul, you've been around here a while. You should have read enough of my posts by now to know better. (Or do you only read your own?)

We only heard one side of the story. In that video, she's screaming like a spoiled child. There is nothing in that video to suggest she's a reasonable person. It's quite possible that they tried to talk reasonably to her and she threw a fit and started fighting them. We don't know. We came in late. Maybe, conveniently late. Maybe it suits the purposes of the person with the camera to only post the parts where she's "being abused".

There are probably thousands of videos on Youtube where exactly that kind of thing occurs, and the police are blamed. Somebody is speeding or jaywalking or committing some other minor offense, and the police try to issue a citation, and the spoiled brat turns it into a fight. Then all the spoiled brat commenters talk about how somebody was tasered for speeding by the big bad bully cops.

You want a just society? Then be just.

That means you don't automatically assume the police are wrong, just as much as it means you don't automatically assume they are right.

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Didn't they have any murders, or robberies, or rapes to prevent? Instead they were out looking for jay walkers. As if we didn't know they got all hot and bothered when it seemed she was ignoring "the majesty of the law". She should be overjoyed they didn't empty their firearms into her.
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I'm glad I don't live in Austin.
27 weeks ago
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Gives me another reason to like Austin City Limits.
27 weeks ago
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This one deserves close attention and follow-up.
27 weeks ago
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Misleading and disingenuous headline. She refused to identify herself after legally being detained for jaywalking. She refused to sign a ticket, so she went to jail. Nothing Constitutionally illegal about it. All this video shows is a spoiled brat and her temper-tantrum.
27 weeks ago
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Go read up on Texas law. While detained to you don't have to self identify and not doing so is not grounds for arrest.
27 weeks ago
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What about refusal to sign ticket?
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If she was jogging, it should have been apparent that she had not changed her pace or accelerated to avoid the police so jerking her arm away when grabbed from behind would be a natural reaction. Apparently Florida isn't the only place overcharging is the norm.
27 weeks ago
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My take is completely different. I think it is very high risk behavior to run or bike or walk or drive with ear buds blocking one of your senses.

If she had been able to hear what was going around her, this wouldn't have happened. On the other hand the police appear to have over reacted. On the other hand I am pleased the police are ticketing folks for jaywalking. She did do something wrong btw, she jaywalked.

What are those two rounded brown things laying on the sidewalk between her legs?
27 weeks ago
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"What are those two rounded brown things laying on the sidewalk between her legs?"

Sunglasses. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/woman-arrested-on-street-615x345.jpg
26 weeks ago
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Driving a motor vehicle, or cycling, with both ears obstructed with either ear-buds, or ear-plugs, is a Vehicle Code violation in most jurisdictions.
Joggers, and pedestrians, should face the same restrictions.
As we have seen, hearing is a vital sense in safety - witness the anecdotes of serious injury of pedestrians by electric vehicles, and the manufacturer's quest for some way to make their cars more audible.
27 weeks ago
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Should face the same restrictions implies there is no restriction now, therefore her doing so is not an issue.
Feel free to get a new law passed if you wish.
27 weeks ago
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The irony has nothing at all to do with cops, or overreactions. The irony is that as a young female in Austin Texas, the chance of her being an Obama supporter is about 99.99997%. She actually VOTED to hand over her personal freedom to the government. Cheered for it. Relished in it. Swooned over it. Hope and Change, Baby. Well, here's the change you voted for. Not the change you wanted, but that change was a moronic dream contained only in your head. When you vote for a socialist, you get socialism. Now be a good serf, and go onto Healthcare.gov and see how much you will need to pay Lord Obama to live on Obama's lands.
27 weeks ago
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I was thinking about making this same point - Austin is a "Blue" area surrounded by a sea of "Red".

They are getting the kind of overbearing all-powerful government they voted for.

On the other hand, the behavior of the cops in this case far outweigh the perceived behavior.

Instead of realizing that she was reacting as she did because she didn't KNOW they were cops and just knew someone was grabbing her from behind - they had to go all Southpark about respecting their 'uh-tho-ri-teee'.

It's also clear she's a fairly young person. Unfortunately, someone in their late teens or early twenties these days is far less mature than the same age set from 20, 30, or 40 years ago - so I'm not surprised by her reaction.

She obviously considers herself one of the 'good' people - so why on earth would the police be targeting her???

The young lady has learned a very important life lesson here....maybe in another decade she'll actually be a full blown conservative, but I've no doubt at all that she's re-evaluating her view of law enforcement and how much power she wants the government to have.

Small steps people, small steps....
27 weeks ago
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Indeed!

Nice little nut shell you put that in there.
27 weeks ago
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Overzealousness on the part of the police has been a problem for long, long time.
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What if this girl had been deaf? What woman of any age has not been trained from infancy to become alert when grabbed from behind? Where are the good cops on this force who are allowing this horrible PR to take place. My guess? Their unions have told them to keep quiet and let this die down. If I was a parent of a student in Austin, I'd be thinking of removing my daughters from campus.
27 weeks ago
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Some women have trained themselves to react to such a grab with overwhelming force.

Why couldn't one of the police officers get in her face?
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I was thinking if she was jogging and got grabbed from behind it is lucky for the policeman that she hadn't had better training or he'd be in the hospital or dead.
27 weeks ago
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Yup. Either one of my daughters, he would have had a broken instep and a crushed trachea. They've been trained that way, even before SCOTUS ruled that they can be gang raped in front of a dozen cops but have no right to expect protection.

Female - jogging (quite a bit slower than a sprint). Not a single one of these big macho bozos was able to move up in front of her to catch her attention? Or are they on this duty because there is no way for them to pass the physical, and can't be canned because of the Union?
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Folks.. Jaywalking is a HEINOUS CRIME! It must be STAMPED OUT.

Can't hear a cop? 1/10th of the population of the U.S. is hard of hearing so they MUST BE CRIMINALS, right cops?

Oh, she was just wearing Walkmans. Well this is a sign she was IGNORING THE LAWS.

So Book'em Danno, clear the streets of Jaywalkers and those who cannot hear the cops.

Do it for the children!
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The number of decent, honest police officers in America can be put on the head of a pin. The average citizen is far more likely to be assaulted by the police than by a criminal.
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Wrong, moron. For an example of a country with a corrupt police force go to mexico or any African country.

You won't, of course.
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