This story is irritating on so many levels. It involves a dreaded police speed trap, a good samaritan warning motorists of the potential fine and a 12-hour stint in a Texas jail cell.

Houston-area resident Natalie Plummer, who was riding her bike on the way home from the grocery store, noticed that cops were pulling over speeders with what looked like a speed trap, so she decided to turn her bag into a make-shift warning sign. That sort of action seems to be covered by the Constitution, but Plummer was still arrested for allegedly standing in the street when there was a sidewalk present. For the record, Plummer tells KRTK that she never left the sidewalk, and she claims that the arresting officer threatened her with an arrest for obstructing justice, which is a felony offense.

Scroll down to watch the ABC News report. We can see the cops being irritated with Ms. Plummer's sign-holding activity, but a 12-hour jail term seems more than a little excessive. Heck, even a fine of $1 seems a bit heavy handed, but then many feel the same way about speed traps.
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      pasigiri
      • 2 Years Ago
      These police men/women need to quit. This speed trap was a straight up revenue generator. If it was about safety they wouldn't have even approached the woman because both their goals would be the same; getting motorists to slow down. But since this was about getting money, the woman was "messing up their game". Then to blatantly lie about holding the woman ... it's sad. Let me back for a second and ask a question. Are the police RELYING on tickets? What would they RELY on if everyone drove the speed limit?
        haelphadreous
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pasigiri
        Tickets of course. My last speeding ticket was for going 35 in a school zone, thing is my apartment is in the school zone, the cop's sworn affidavit is that I came up the road accelerated to over 50 mph and slammed on the breaks before he could get the speed gun on my car. in reality I pulled out of the entrance to my apartment complex saw a man standing in middle of the street in the rain, and hit a top speed of about 10 mph as I tried to go around him in confusion. The judge ruled in favor of the cop who was not even there, despite the photos I brought in showing that it was less than 200 feet from where I pulled out to where he pulled me over, and that it was up a steep hill, my argument that it was not even possible for my slush box 1.8L Sentra to even reach that speed under the conditions was ignored, in favor of a $380 speeding ticket, thankfully it is the only speeding ticket I have had in the last 15 years.
          Phillip
          • 2 Years Ago
          @haelphadreous
          My last two speeding tickets were for going faster than my truck would go. Governed to not exceed 69mph one for 77mph, the other 71mph. this was on flat land so no going down hill. Cops are crooks. Only two tickets in 2 million miles in 17 yrs.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @haelphadreous
          It seems like the trend of criminalizing its citizens is becoming wide spread. Wait for the arrest after being caught speeding. That is the next step. You will get bail, a lawyer and a fine. Do not worry. When the lawsuits mount up and a the town runs out of funds, blame the departments for sociopathic behavior. Police are becoming liabilities instead of assets. The good cops are getting a bad name and I know a few good ones that are actually here to HELP, SERVE and PROTECT. To avoid all of this madness, if police violate peoples civil/human rights, they should be held personally responsible. Judges no different. If you are willing to make people lose everything because you feel you can, then you should be on the same chopping block when you are being personally sued. This will keep @ssholes from applying. Unions also need to stop protecting every dirtbag. Because if that is what you are protecting, then your union should be liable too. Make them lose their pension, benefits and job. I am sure I will get angry people, but whatever. It is not my fault that most of the country is full of sheep.
      PhantomDiner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Local Police - the typical liars... I'd expect nothing different from them. Remember everyone - stay away from cops, because they are nothing more than bullies with badges.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PhantomDiner
        Yup and don't get comfortable thinking that just because you aren't breaking the law that you're somehow safe from them.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cops don't know the Constitution, that much is perfectly clear. She will have the charges dropped, and a 1st Amendment lawsuit by the ACLU will cost them millions.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thing that I always find so funny about these cases is the police departments and law enforcement agencies will be so quick to say these setups are to dissuade motorists from speeding rather than to collect funding for the agencies. So, with that in mind, why would they have a problem with someone doing that very thing on their own time for free??? This lady is effectively doing what these officers claim to be doing, yet she's arrested for it??? Yeah, that definitely supports your claims that's these aren't for income......
      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope all the cops get 12 days in jail. If they wanted to get rid of speeders they could stop all speeders in one place and just line them up to wait for there ticket. But speed traps have nothing to do with safety it's just another kind of forced taxation. There was a time when the police duty was to serve and protect, now it is ENFORCEMENT.
        K P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phillip
        They are protecting their pocket book.:)
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The police and constitutional rights don't go together..... BD
      yesaninsider
      • 2 Years Ago
      A supreme court recently ruled in another state that you CAN warn other motorists of speed traps, legally, under freedom of speech protection...was in another state but that's speaks volumes IMO... She should be protected from a similar viewpoint legally, hopefully...and certainly from a moral standpoint, I applaud her efforts... Sorry PoPo, but as motorists and citizens we still have some rights to protest your authority even if you don't like it! Freedom of the people to (insert amendment here) shall NOT be infringed!!!!! AMEN!
        Space
        • 2 Years Ago
        @yesaninsider
        AFREAKINGMEN!
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @yesaninsider
        Thats the point though....every time a cop gets away with this their authority grows. We wouldn't be at this point if authority was put in check. They are looking for revenue and the question you have to wonder is does revenue out weigh morality? I would always like to think no, but the way our economy is, the debt we have...it really makes me wonder where our administrations head is at. Has money over run everything? This kind of thing has being going on since the dawn of human civilization and it really pains me to think we haven't moved forward since Cesar and the collapse of Rome. One can always hope it changes and our children have a shot at a life where this kind of thing doesn't exist. Honestly thats the only thing getting me out of bed every morning these days....
      mouseRider
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somebody should get her a good lawyer and raise a defense fund for her!
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cops have another thing coming if they think they can act like this... I don't trust them any more.... Power tripping fools
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        Lets see... false arrest, illegal search and seizure, wrongful imprisonment, the list goes on. Or does warning of a speed trap fall under the same violation as feeding someone elses expired meter.
          KAG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wilkegm
          Just proves they are out for profit.
      kosmo69
      • 2 Years Ago
      whats the new news here? Cops and cities dont like it when the public gets in the way them making money.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it about safety or revenue?
      Knox
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Supreme Court has said this applies to police officers. I hope she will be able to use it: 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 - "Every person who under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law,..." There should be plenty of attorneys willing to take the case. The law says the police department has to pay them if it loses.
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