How often after a cop shoots someone do we hear something along the line of ‘I feared for my life?’ It seems that when cops fear for their lives, no matter how minor that ‘threat’ might have been, they’re given a free licence to kill card and allowed to walk away, free. Well, if you are in a situation involving a cop and you have an actualy reasonable concern for your safety, it doesn’t matter, you must comply or the full force of the state will be brought to bear upon you.
This is exactly what happened when a woman was driving home late at night on a desolate road when police sirens appeared in her rearview mirror. She decided the risk that the sirens behind her might not belong to a cop was significent enough that she drive an extra half mile before she pulled over to a well-lit area. Reasonable? Nope. not the to authoritarian cop that pulled her over.
When you’re driving a long way home late at night, you don’t want to see those flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. When it happened to one woman, she was a little bit worried about who was pulling her over on that dark, deserted road. She made the decision to go a little farther before stopping her car, but she only infuriated the officer. He slapped the cuffs on her as soon as she got out, but she’s defending her decision.
It was after 11 p.m., and 52-year-old DelRea Good was driving alone down a dark, deserted road. That’s when she spotted the flashing lights. She was a little nervous about pulling over. Anyone can flash lights to trick an unsuspecting motorist. She thought about news stories she read in the past and became nervous.
Since Good couldn’t see the car behind her, only flashing lights, she made a decision to play it safe. She slowed down and put on her hazard lights. She also waved her arm out the window to acknowledge the driver behind her. She then proceeded for less than a mile, until she came to a well-lit parking lot.
When she got out of the car, furious Patrolman William Marshall approached her. “What in the hell are you doing? I could arrest you for this.”
“I don’t care who you are I don’t have to stop on a county road, I’m a single female,” Good allegedly responded.
Things escalated, and Marshall handcuffed Good and charged her of resisting arrest. He cited a state law that says motorists are required to yield to emergency vehicles.
The officer ad his department are standing by the arrest. Marshall was driving a fully marked squad car and using his lights and sirens.
When you’re driving a long way home late at night, you don’t want to see those flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.