item from the SacBee.com caught my eye:
"Did you know it's illegal in California to ride a bike that doesn't have a seat? Trevor Peek, 18, of Lincoln didn't. He's paying dearly.Tell us what you think of this.
Peek was riding his BMX bike without a seat – it had just been stolen – when an officer stopped and cited him for several violations, including failing to have a seat, riding without a brake, and riding in the wrong place on the road. Peek is not Joe Innocent. Riding brakeless, for one, is dangerous. But the family reports the citation tally topped $500."
Separately, over the weekend I caught up with the case in NYC where 12 year old Alexa Gonzalez was arrested, handcuffed and hauled out of her middle school for doodling on her desk. Alexa Gonzalez (pic with cuff gesture) has filed a civil rights suit over her experience. Have we lost all common sense?
What is the message that we are sending about the Rule of Law with this sort of law enforcement? This is law enforcement over bullshit, it turns the law into bullshit. Or quoting Dickens from Oliver Twist, "If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble,… “the law is a ass—a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience."