And you thought your encounters with the police for speeding violations were bad?
On August 19, 77-year-old grandmother Lynn Bedford was stopped in Keene, Texas on August 19 after being caught going 65 mph on a designated 50-mph road. And we know that once you go over 10 mph, you’re fair game for the po-pos. When Bedford was stopped, she told the officer (who was wearing a camera on his uniform) that she had a bladder infection and needed to use the bathroom badly. Unfortunately for Bedford, the officer wasn’t trying to hear all that, as he was honestly just waiting for her driver’s license and insurance. And unfortunately for the officer, Bedford wasn’t trying to hear what he had to say. Instead of complying, the woman asked him to hurry up and give her the ticket so she could go (“WOULD YOU LISTEN TO ME!?”). They went back and forth, and after asking Bedford to display her ID and insurance SIX (count ‘em) times, he told her that if she didn’t follow his orders, she was going to jail. Her response? “Well, go ahead.”
The officer then proceeded to pull Bedford by her arm to get her out of the car–she was indeed going to jail. Bedford, who according to reports was coming back from church, refused to budge and told the officer he was hurting her and that she was going to report him. Before you know it, the officer pulled the 77-year-old woman out of her car, where she landed on her back on the road. Once she hit the ground, she didn’t have too much to say, aside from yelping out in pain, and she was taken to jail, where she was released soon after. Since the incident, Bedford has hired a lawyer and isn’t sure if she’ll file a lawsuit or not as of yet, but the Keene Police Department is standing by the officer, Sgt. Geheb, noting that he asked her repeatedly and she failed to comply. However, her lawyer thinks the officer absolutely overreacted, and wound up injuring Bedford in his haste to get her moving: “The officer is not very interested in listening to what she has to say. She gets a little frustrated. And then he just overwhelms her. That’s what I see. And then it goes from routine stop to ridiculous stop.”
I’m the first person in most cases to say that I don’t mess with or trust the police, and trust me, I have legitimate reasons, but I’m not going to get into that. However, this woman should have just done what was asked of her without all the extra commentary. The faster she would have whipped out her ID and insurance, I’m pretty sure she would have made it to the bathroom even faster (and not a jailhouse toilet…). However, I can’t help but think that Sgt. Geheb should have waited for his backup to deal with this woman before yanking her out of the car like that. Her behavior, besides being annoying, wasn’t dangerous and didn’t make her a threat at that moment. God forbid when she fell down that she might have slipped a disk or broke a bone, because that would be much harder for the police department to explain. For the elderly, I’m sorry, I just don’t think it takes all that excessive force. In my opinion, Bedford was caught behaving badly, and Sgt. Geheb might have done a bit too much, even though his intentions weren’t bad. But I guess this is how older people act sometimes. It reminds me of the time (yesterday actually) when my mother, who is in her early 60s, told me that in her older age, she feels that her patience has started to wear thin with people, especially ones who are rude or test her last nerve. As a result, she doesn’t hold her tongue very much anymore. When I told her that kind of attitude could get her in trouble, she simply said she would just have to deal with the repercussions when they occurred, because she wasn’t going to put up with people’s crap when she doesn’t have to.
Maybe this was the frame of mind Lynn Bedford was in when she acted raised hell during her traffic stop, but we see where that got her. Let’s hope my mom sees this video so she can avoid the same drama and you don’t wind up seeing me and mines on television acting a fool…
Do you think pulling this 77-year-old woman out the car was a bit excessive? Or did she deserve the treatment for not complying?
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