Feb 22

Student Arrested for Crossing the Street (Feb 20, 2014):

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UPDATE: I do not know what ultimately happened to her after being put into the car, I had class.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.Maybe the plus size cops should follow her lead, and go on a jog instead of wasting tax dollars on trivial matters… just a thought.

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Feb 19

Watch Your Step: Jaywalking Tickets Up by 800 Percent (The New York Observer, Feb 19, 2014):

He really wants you to walk his way.Jaywalking tickets are up nearly 800 percent compared to last year, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan. The plan, which aims to reduce traffic deaths to “literally zero,” was supposed to focus on motorists, not pedestrians.Yet, a New York Times article reports that 215 jaywalking tickets have been issued to pedestrians and cyclists through Feb. 9, compared to just 27 during the same period last year.

At the same time, the number of tickets for moving violations has remained stagnant. During the same time period last year, 91,043 summons were issued. This year, there were 90,945 tickets doled out, according to The Times.

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