Zero-Tolerance Policy In D.C. Called ‘Absurd
What we have here is a discretionary policy, we arrest those whom we wish to. DonÃ¢€™t worry about this new law, it is discretionary, we only arrest those we want to in our superior law enforcement hat, because we (law enforcement) are so much better than you (the proletariat).
D.C. Council members, swamped with irate calls and threats to boycott D.C. bars and restaurants, introduced emergency legislation yesterday that would override the police department’s controversial and little-known zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving.
This isn’t drunken driving (I’m not going to argue the MADD driven limits, neo-prohibitionists, we are talking any alcohol to include a breath mint here) Ã¢€“ at the discretion of the police officer Ã¢€“ not guilty until proven innocent, rather this is you are guilty of whatever the police decide you are guilty of, should they decide you are worthy of their attention. Think I’m making this up?
D.C. police have said that District law gives them the authority to arrest drivers with blood alcohol levels above .01
0.01 Ã¢€“ Eating bread will give you that level (natural fermentation). Therefore I demand Chief Ramsey be tested. Mayor Williams too. Let us throw everyone into jail. Including the mayor
But what forced this issue? Absolute idiocy. And what made the police decide to push this?
Schwartz said her office has also been inundated with calls, letters and e-mails since The Washington Post this week published the story of Debra Bolton, a 45-year-old energy lawyer and single mother of two who was arrested in the District and spent five months fighting a charge of driving under the influence after drinking one glass of wine with dinner. She was stopped, handcuffed and put in a jail cell for several hours after she pulled out of a parking garage in Georgetown without realizing that an attendant had turned off her automatic headlight feature. Her blood alcohol level measured .03.
OK, we have a woman who had a SINGLE glass of wine. Tar and feather her, rip her children away from her, as she is obviously an unfit mother (under DC law, this is a possibility, wish I were making this up)
The reality is that sometimes laws are stupid – and it is ok to say so and to reverse your position.
Mendelson said the council needs to act quickly. “We not only need to straighten this out,” he said, “but we need to assure the citizens that there is some fairness.”
Sorry Mr. Mendelson, I do not accept your answer. Some Fairness? How about fairness, not just some fairness? How about reality? How about looking in a mirror? Right now, blow under 0.01.
This is crazy.
Disclaimer: James asked the others with the Ã¢€œkeys to the kingdomÃ¢€ to step up, however IÃ¢€™ve been 1000 nm SE of his location until now (Internet kiosks suck, no RSS feed).