Comments on: Breaking down the legal issues in Sandra Bland’s arrest http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: PappaBear http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1097050 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:49:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1097050 There is no law that would require you to put out your cigarette

I see no valid reason for the arrest at all. The officer let ego get the best of him. Makes me suspicious of whether she really made the comments about suicide or if she hung herself. Likely we will never know.

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By: StEwPiDMonkey http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1095836 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:44:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1095836 Helen,

You are dishonest. You wrote, “When she refused he shouted: “I’m going to yank you out.”

That is not what happened. Even with the video posted on your site you blatantly oversimplified what happened. Poor blogging

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1091320 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:38:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1091320 He was done with the stop. Had no reason and no authority to demand that she put out her cigarette (in her own car) then escalate to such a crazy unprofessional degree. She wanted to stay in the car and just go. And legally she had the right. The stop was over. “You are being arrested for resisting arrest.” Okay….

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By: Obeekonobee http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1091252 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:14:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1091252 This young woman, Sandra Bland, did not have to die in jail and my thoughts and prayers are for her family who are grieving at this moment. This could be the case of an older man being offended by a young defiant woman; then add the racial component; then add the slow and methodical militarization of the nation’s police forces and you have a bad situation. There is a reason why countries don’t employ their military to police their citizens. The public, unlike soldiers, don’t comply to direct orders immediately. They are slow and typically non-compliant with authority, any authority and usually law enforcement are trained to deal with this. How does one tell their children that their aunt, cousin, sister died in some remote jail cell after being arrested for failing to use her turn signal on her car. She died alone, in complete despair and we are told she took her own life. She was going to a new job and she was excited about that. I’m sure many can cite legal rulings and case precedents but what does your common sense tell you? Your sense of righteousness, fairness, equanimity, and a sense of proportion in this matter and many similar incidences? Nevertheless, I will remember you Sandra Bland. Freedom and justice for ALL was the promise handed down to all of us, including Sandra Bland; let’s not squander that gift. How does that phrase go again…”God bless America and crown thy good with brotherhood.”

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By: thulikan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1090204 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:29:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1090204 What, if any, has been taken on the cop who is involved in this incident?

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By: NorthernLights1 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1088974 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:55:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1088974 Officer Encinia missed an opportunity. The tow-truck driver clearly did not signal as he pulled into traffic. My prayers go out to Ms. Bland’s family, and my heart breaks for the divide that seems to be growing in our nation.

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By: modurhead http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1088968 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:19:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1088968 she isnt being pulled over in the above video, she is being kidnapped and threatened with a tazer so she moves out of camera view, what do you do then?

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By: M_C_McBride http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1088953 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:46:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1088953 The police state state needs to be dismantled. Vote out anyone who continues to fund or encourage growth of the police state. Eliminate any special protections encoded into the legal system for judges, police, and prosecutors.

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By: jordisnowman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1088918 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:19:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1088918 The final question, I think, is answered by the incident itself. “Why do you think people aren’t more aware of their rights in these kinds of situations?” It’s not that people don’t know their rights, this woman appeared to. But, that people are justifiably afraid to insist that their rights not be violated for fear of the confrontation that sometimes ensues from their insistence. Case in point!

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By: commentnm http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/23/breaking-down-the-legal-issues-in-sandra-blands-arrest/#comment-1088450 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:19:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42279#comment-1088450 “You can’t be arrested for a non-jailable offense.” This is not true. In 2001, SCOTUS decided the case of Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, 532 U.S. 318, holding that “If an officer has probable cause to believe that an individual has committed even a very minor criminal offense in his presence, he may, without violating the Fourth Amendment, arrest the offender.” Atwater was arrested after being pulled over for violating a TX law requiring the use of seatbelts, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $25-50.

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