Woman arrested for walking on the wrong side of the street (VIDEO)

Woman arrested for walking on the wrong side of the street (VIDEO)

“It was like I was in a nightmare. I hadn’t done anything wrong.”

 

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WHITEHOUSE, TexasMelissa Bonnette was on her morning walk when a police officer tackled her and put her in handcuffs. “By law, you have to be to the far left facing oncoming traffic,” Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton has explained.

Bonnette was walking down the street when a police office on a motorcycle pulled alongside her and began trying to talk to her. The officer asked her if she was from the area. “I thought maybe he was flirting. I just thought it was odd,” says Bonnette. “I wasn’t really sure, but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn’t anyone around.”

To Bonnette, the man’s suspicious behavior suggested that he might not even be a real police officer. She kept walking. That’s when the officer chased her down and tackled her.

“I just was crying and I was saying ‘Please sir, please sir. Why are you doing this?’ It was like I was in a nightmare. I hadn’t done anything wrong,” she said.

Shelton says that it is legal to walk away from a police officer unless you are suspected of a crime. Bonnette’s crime, he says, was walking on the wrong side of the street.

The incident was caught on dashcam video.

In February, a police officer grabbed Austin woman Amanda Jo Stephen from behind as she was jogging. After her arrest, Austin’s police chief ignited a controversy by pointing out that at least Stephen had not been sexually assaulted.


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  • Skylar
    April 14, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Madness.

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  • Andrea Leonard
    April 14, 2014, 12:38 pm

    The names and addresses and a picture should be posted of these Thugs so friends and neighbours will know who they associate with. That BLM THUG who body slammed the 57 year old lady suffering cancer has been posted online with his picture and the fact that he is from Portland Oregon. Now people will know what kind of a man he is.

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  • Mike
    April 14, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I can’t think of anyone, not even Yahoo, that misleads viewers with the “Video” tag in the headline as much as The Libertarian Republic. A “Video” is not simply a news description of what happened, it’s a VIDEO if the INCIDENT. “Woman arrested for walking on wrong side of street (Video)” implies that there is, in fact, a video of the arrest or incident. Putting VIDEO in damn near every single headline is a cheap ploy to get more clicks. I see it on here all the damn time. Knock it off already. If there is a video then find it and post it. If there isn’t, stop implying there is. It’s lazy journalism. Cut it out.

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  • Mark Morrison@Mike
    April 14, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Im a fan, but I have to agree. Bad form.

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  • Mark Morrison@Mike
    April 14, 2014, 6:49 pm

    Im a fan, but I have to agree. Bad form.

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