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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

    Madness.

    • Guy Daley

      How about a planned descent into tyranny? Actually the above incident is an example that we have arrived and most people are still asleep at the wheel. As long as tyranny doesn’t touch them, everythings okay.

  • Andrea Leonard

    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.

  • Mike

    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.

    • Mark Morrison

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

    • Guy Daley

      100% agreement Libertarian Republic PAY ATTENTION and stop with your weak attention drawing tactics. Its counterproductive.

    • GoneApe

      You’re right. The implication is the video caught the action. This is he said, she said stuff. Still, her best bet would have been to claim she was an illegal so he would have been obliged to give her all the extra concern they get over a citizen. Of course once he found out she was in fact a legal citizen she would have been charged with lying to an officer. It pays to be an alien invader over a citizen.

  • Kjell Magne Angelsen

    Contrary to what I have always believed, not to mention “hoped”, the USA is slowly drifting towards a facist state. I say this with more pain and sorrow than I like to admit, even to myself. This is the price we as citizens of a country pay when we freely give away authority and power to politicians, big bankers, military, police, the intelligence-community and so on. God help us all. Cause Im damn sure the government wont!

  • JW Mack

    To serve and protect? Not anymore, now it’s all about revenue generation! Idiot cop!

  • Johnny J

    If she was my wife, this cop wouldn’t be around long…

  • Guest

    Another blatant example of “contempt of cop.” Circle the wagons, Chief!

    • OkieDineh

      you first…lead the way.

  • Dustin

    To be fair, guys, she was in fact breaking a law. It’s a dumb law and shouldn’t exist, and the cop should have indicated why he wanted to talk to the woman before he went chasing her down, but there was still lawful ground for incident.

    • BoostedSRT

      and this is how they get away with this bs……

    • wwj745

      Congress is lied to quite a bit. For instance Clapper stating that the NSA was not collecting any data at all from Americans. he broke the law as well. Yet is not held accountable. Only the people are held accountable to the law. That is the problem.

      (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—

      (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

      (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

      (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;

      shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

    • Resist_Tyranny

      Any reasonable person or cop would have warned her. The asshole cop needs his ass beat.

    • R’man

      I respectfully disagree with you. The point of this article is “abuse of power” — any cop demonstrating this kind of contempt to a citizen should definitely NOT be a police officer. “Protect & Defend” – and the policeman interviewed is a disgrace to police officers everywhere.

    • beancrisp

      FACT: How can you break a law that does not exist?

  • Joseph Littleton

    The cop was wrong and so is the police chief. Cops don’t rape woman? Really? Watch the Investigative Discovery channel and you’ll see cops commit crimes in uniform all the time, and usually against women. I don’t blame her for not stopping. It’s different when you’ve run out of Office Depot with a laptop under your shirt and a cop tells you to stop. You know why they’re chasing you. In this instance, she didn’t think she was breaking any laws, and let’s face it, it’s not important enough for the cop to escalate it to that point. She was arrested because she showed contempt for a bad cop who deserved contempt. Some of these cops better realize they’re only cops 8 hours a day. Her husband is her husband 24 hours a day. If I were him, I’d find time for that cop.

  • Mark

    I agree Mike this site is worthless and I hate cops

  • Marcus Cantrell

    City of Whitehouse, Texas
    City of Whitehouse – A modern community with the hospitality of a small town! A great place to Live, Work and Play! and get tackled by bit-h azz cops.

  • Diana Helt Blume

    Why didn’t the cop tell her she was breaking law and explain to her why he was stopping her rather than say “ma’am, can I talk to you?”. Women have been raped by so-called cops, and she was in fear and smart to walk away.

  • Jim

    “I have a question for you”, “Do you live around here” do not sound like authoritative statements from a police officer that he is detaining you. NOt responding to those questons does not sound like it rises to the level of resisting arrest.

  • Carl

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2448900020001?bckey=AQ~~%2CAAACHKYdcFk~%2CIGxDpm7wjyGbUapyNkzzpjGIvT6ibPno&bctid=3469010243001

    Here is the video the cop was wrong she wasn’t on the road but the grass then crossed over going the right way but was still not on the road.

  • pdigaudio

    Gestapo thugs.

  • Voltar61

    Up until the point when he informed her that she was being detained she was free to walk away. Nothing in this story suggests that he gave her any verbal warning before tackling her. It was clearly a level of force that was unjustified and uncalled for. At the very least, it is indisputable that this thug cop lacks the good judgement necessary to be entrusted with a firearm. He should be fired and blacklisted immediately.

    • Christopher Smith

      I would have to agree with you. Saying, “I would like to talk to you.”, does not indicate that one is doing something wrong or breaking a law. How about, “Ma’am, you are breaking a law by walking on the wrong side of the street. Please stop so that we can discuss this.”….. Additionally, how about, “I am officer “XXXX” from the Whitehouse police department.”

      • David6

        How about “Stop, you are under arrest”, so there is no confusion.

      • stk33

        How about “stop or you are going to jail” which he actually said.

  • Dave

    Ahhh, that sweet smell of Texas Republican Liberty…again!

    • Time to dust off your other IQ point, Dave. The democrat Party controls Austin with an iron fist. What you’re seeing here is S.O.P. in democrat cities.

      • Dave

        Whitehouse Tx is over 200 miles from Austin.
        Located in Smith county; the county has voted overwhelmingly Republican in recent Presidential elections.
        I could not find political affiliation for the actual City governement officials, but the 75%+ GOP vote for President suggests they are not a “Democratic” city.

    • If you’re a cop, you’re probably a liberal/statist who hates freedom -If you’re a liberal cop and want to sock it to the repubs (especially the women because liberal “males” are spineless), what better place than Texas?

  • raw hide

    cops can’t arrest people illegally here from other countries or minorities for fear of being a racist, so they do the next best thing. bust a white women citizen for just walking down the street. sounds like eric holder put out another memo

  • Jakob Stagg

    I have to admit seeing some plausibility in the story, as our government and police swing further out of control. It seems a polite reminder would have been more than sufficient.

  • Strawberry Garcia

    No coincidence it’s from WHITEHOUSE Texas

  • Voltar61

    This lady was NOT breaking the law. I just watched the video. She was walking on the grass to the side of the road. The requirement to face traffic only applies if you are walking ON the roadway. So not only do we have an id10t cop, we have a police chief that either doesn’t know the law, or is just making up crap. Neither would surprise me.

    From the Texas Transportation Code:

    Sec. 552.006. USE OF SIDEWALK. (a) A pedestrian may not walk along and on a roadway if an adjacent sidewalk is provided and is accessible to the pedestrian.

    (b) If a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian walking –>along and on a highway<– shall if possible walk on:

    (1) the left side of the roadway; or

    (2) the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.

    Notice the wording I have bracketed above – "along and on a highway". "And" means both – walking both along a road AND on it. This opposed to crossing it, for example, where you might walk on the road but not along it, and keeping left wouldn't make sense.

    She was not walking on the road. She was walking on grass to the side of the road (watch the video). The requirement to keep left doesn't apply to her. Case closed.

    I hope she sues the ever living crap out of them.

    • stk33

      Walking on the side of the road was not why he stopped her. In his report to dispatch he first reported her car on the side of the road, then he saw her running. He most likely suspected her in burglary, which is why he asked her if she lives here. So he did have reasonable suspicion and detained her. She tried to flee, which is a crime, then she resisted arrest which is another crime.

  • Mike Davis

    Welcome to America in the 21st century.

  • Jimmy NoChit

    Who is the cop? Where does HE live? Who will take action against him and his family?

  • Gordon Adkins

    Look at the road in the video. It is a podunk road. Not something a LEO should get excited about running a woman down and TACKLING her. This is where LEO’s are getting a bad name. Excessive force. The PD’s are protecting these bad LEO’s and making the public more paranoid. Now the public is seeing the bad LEO protected and is more suspicious of the good LEO. This puts the good LEO in a position of dealing with a once loyal citizen in a world of mistrust that pits the two in opposite corners. To those that hear about the bad situations and truly believe they have done nothing wrong, now have trust issues and have fear the LEO may have ill intent. The citizen at that time has a “fight or flight” syndrome to consider. Either position can be deadly to either entity. Just because a person wears a uniform and badge, does not mean they are not corrupt. A person being illegally detained or any other activity has the right to protect themselves. Regardless of the force needed to ensure they are not illegally harmed. If a person has a badge, but is performing acts that are illegal, a citizen has the right to utilize deadly force to stop a bad LEO.

  • kagil

    It doesn’t matter if he was clearly marked as a police officer or not – if he was acting creepy, and she was scared, I can understand why she tried to get away or back to where other people were.

  • King

    WHAT FUCKIN WANKERS AND WHAT A FUCKED LAW, TYPICAL FUCKHEAD AMERICAN FUCKED IDEAS

    • beancrisp

      FACT: The law does not exist.

  • Layla Godey

    That cop didn’t have much sense if he didn’t realize she would feel threatened under that situation–he probably has family members himself that don’t know of that law. How many people do???

  • beancrisp

    FACT: There is no place in the USA that has a law where you have to walk facing traffic it is just a suggestion.

  • David6

    Where is the dash cam video?

  • blah

    Police Chief has some nice biceps, but no brains. And as the Chief goes, so goes his underlings. If you train your officers to ask leading/probing questions e.g. “Are you from around here”, every time they come into contact with a human being, I’ll tell you right now 1) That Chief is an idiot. 2) They been watching too much “24”. 3)They live in the wrong country. Move to Russia. ….tell your officers TO GET TO THE POINT. If the officer had a problem with the way she was walking, then ride up and say “You’re jogging on the wrong side of the street mam. Have a nice day.” Then ride off. Or you can be a bunch of biceps with no brain idiots, and get in everybody’s business. You’re gonna have a short ugly career. People are getting tired of it. People have long memories.

  • stk33

    This is now old history, but I found this story by a link from another website. She was not arrested for walking on the wrong side, and the explanations concocted by the cop and by PD chief who defended the arrest, were nothing but whitewash. Watching the actual video, it’s clear that the cop had _suspicions_ when he saw her car on the side of the road, and this was what he radioed to the dispatch. This was consistent with his question “are you living here”. He most likely suspected her in a burglary. Even if he had reasonable suspicion, which is highly doubtful, he did not communicate it to her, “I want to talk to you” is not lawful command, it’s an invitation to consensual conversation, she clearly was under that impression, and she was fully within her rights to decline it in any form, including running away from him; accordingly, assaulting and arresting her for that was totally unlawful. Remarkably, even city mayor in an interview later said that police should be able to talk to citizens, and there’s nothing wrong with arresting those who decline the conversation. She definitely should have sued the city for wrongful arrest.

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