Go Jogging Without Identification? Get Handcuffed And Manhandled Into Police Car

Imagine Andy Griffith doing this to a jogging jaywalker.

Yeah, I can’t either.

From the blog post of the eyewitness who video recorded what happened:

Sitting at Starbucks, on the corner of 24th and San Antonio, I noticed a particularly odd situation. Two Austin Police officers standing outside the Castilian just lingering. Every time I looked back there was a different student holding a carbon copy of what looked to be a jay walking citation. Suddenly, one of the cops shouts at an innocent girl jogging with her headphones on through West Campus. He wobbled after her and grabbed her by the arm. Startled, and not knowing it was a cop, she jerked her arm away. The cop viewed this as resisting arrest and proceeded to grab both arms tightly, placing her in handcuffs. She repeatedly pleaded with them saying that she was just exercising and to let her go. She repeatedly cried out, “I did not do anything wrong…just give me the ticket.” The other officer strolled over and now they were making a scene. She tried to get up. I doubt she was running away as she was in handcuffs, but the second cop pushed her back down to the ground. Because of the commotion, they walked her to the cop car in the alleyway next to Big Bite, where she, overcome with frustration, yelled loudly to gain attention. Because of that, the cops tightened their grip causing her to squirm and kick. Then came two bike cops from down the alley. We now have four cops and one small, helpless girl in the back of a cop car, because she was just going for a run.

They used to say a Conservative was a youthful Liberal who got mugged, but what do you do when both major “Parties” support a push toward authoritarian thuggery?

Is a Ukrainian-type citizen pushback in our future, or will our own Iron Curtain fall with little more than a terrified shriek—like the one from this young lady as she is manhandled by a bunch of obviously doughnut-devouring thugs?

If this was one of my girls, I’d be ready to bust some heads. And, in a very real sense, she is a daughter of America—the land that once was free. Where are the people of Austin to stand up for this girl, and protect her from the badged-predators?

To paraphrase an American founder: We must all stand together against tyranny, or we will all be hauled off separately.

 

Hat Tip: The Daily Texan which informs us that the justification for much of what happened was “failure to identify.” See here if the Daily Texan website doesn’t work.