If you need further proof that we have…uh..overeager police, this story is it. The results of failing to pay a traffic tickets and get a current registration sticker in Tuscaloosa:
As soon as I arrived at the police station, before I could make it through the metal detectors, I was pushed against a wall and made to stand there until a female officer could take the time to inappropriately touch — I mean frisk — me. As the woman ran her hands down my body and between my legs, three male officers stood behind me, watching the show.
From there, I was processed, which included stripping down in front of a female officer. While I stood before her naked, I asked the cop why it was necessary for me to be strip searched; she responded by calling me an asshole and deciding I needed to take a shower to, I suppose, wash the filth out of my mouth. I didn’t even get a towel to dry off with.
Strip searched because you didn’t make it to the DMV in a timely manner? Yeah, if that’s not “cruel and unusual punishment” given the “crime” we’re talking about, I don’t know what is.
The author concludes, “So while my story is not unique or shocking, I want it to bother you. Arrest rates have grown in this country, over 30 percent of Americans are arrested before the age of 23; which is to say about a third of our citizens are criminals according to ‘the law.’ That doesn’t sound like justice to me.”
Indeed it does not.