Re: Was this much force justified?
The lady in the SUV was:
(1) Speeding, had a broken windshield, no seatbelt and a broken tail-light.
(2) Telling the officer how to do his job (never recommended!).
(3) Not obeying the officer's SIMPLE commands.
I feel more sorry for officers who have to put up with this attitude than I do for the woman (no sympathy for her and her attitude). The officer was doing his job. If I lived on that street and someone was doing 16mph over the limit, then I'd be upset at her and would want the police to cite her. Not to mention the other violations. She seemed to have an anti-authoritarian complex and unfortunately has to learn the hard way. She had every opportunity to do it the right way and decided that she was going to call the shots. And I am sure she got more charges for the trouble she caused.
Perhaps if she drove "near" the speed limit and had her vehicle in proper (legal!) order, then she would not have these troubles. But I am sure she feels that she is above those things called laws and can do as she pleases.
My Dad used to tell us kids, "Do as you are told and there will be no problems." My advice to Ms. Attitude is to learn this. Especially if it is the police.
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