Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Bad Idea #17---Sh*tting Where You Eat
Interesting incident earlier this month in Chicago.
My husband calls it "The City Where Even The Dead Still Vote".
Jackie Fegan, a supervisor with the city's Traffic Management Authority was driving through the city during the course of her duty, and was flagged down by four police officers.
Apparently a personal minivan, belonging to Officer Richard Reid, had been ticketed for parking illegally, and he wanted her to tear the ticket up.
Although Officer Reid claimed he was at the location on police business, the minivan was unmarked, didn't carry official plates, and was in fact, illegally parked.
When Fegan explained that she didn't have the authority to void the ticket, Officer Reid allegedly grew irate. She tried to cross the street, and was arrested for jaywalking. A scuffle ensued, then the 5'2 meter maid was handcuffed and thrown in a paddy wagon.
On the way to the police station, she was able to call for assistance on an emergency radio, asking to be "met by a commander and an OPS". Fegan was held for about a half hour and released without charges.
She's planning on suing the city of Chicago.
"She was the victim of a kidnapping, an aggravated battery, a brutal and a false arrest, simply because she was doing her job and would not fix a ticket for a Chicago Police officer," said her lawyer, Craig Tobin.
Officer Reid is out on medical leave, and unavailable for comment. His knees were injured in the incident.
I hope it's because she got in a few good kicks.
Can't wait to see how it all shakes out.
Source 1, Source 2