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Video: 'Speed Trap' Sign Lands Texas Woman In Jail

June 28, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Texas Woman's 'Speed Trap' Sign

Houston Police officers arrested a woman who videotaped a traffic-enforcement operation and stood nearby with a sign alerting drivers about the sting.

Natalie Plummer noticed officers pulling over speeders in downtown Houston, parked her bicycle, and then held up a sign reading "Speed Trap" to be seen by approaching drivers.

A Houston officer arrested Plummer, after searching her backpack. She will face a misdemeanor charge, reports ABC News.

Comments (12)

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pteinert @ 6/28/2012 8:20 PM

I think we all know what her or her families complaint would be if she was struck by one of the speeding vehicles while riding her bike home from the grocery store.

Joe Adams @ 6/29/2012 4:54 AM

Please, we need to stop harassing the civilians and keep doing our jobs. Lets wait to see how much will cost.

Mark A. Brooks @ 6/29/2012 5:54 AM

Can we say free speech? The sign is barely visible.

Marc @ 6/29/2012 7:00 AM

I agree with the free speech. And...for what ever reason, if the traffic slows down, isn't the task accomplished ??????

Bob @ 6/29/2012 7:02 AM

The courts have already ruled such activity is free speech. This arrest is pure harassment. Such nonsense is no way to enhance law enforcement's credibility with the public.

Dean @ 6/29/2012 7:33 AM

Why was she searched to begin with? Must have been an agreed search. And what did police find to arrest her. Kind of a vague story.

searcher5 @ 6/29/2012 8:34 AM

The search was not consensual and she wasn't in the roadway. This was a boner move my the Houston officer.

gp cobb @ 6/29/2012 1:08 PM

I agree with the majority here, she needs bond posted and a real good attorney IMO, Free Speech almost gone eh?

Tom Ret @ 6/29/2012 1:38 PM

I can't agree with the cops on this one. The purpose of running radar or traffic enforcement is to get the public to slow down. Holding a sign telling people to slow down or speed trap ahead is not a violation in my mind. It appears that the PD is more concerned about revenue and the lady disrupting their fishing hole. If the majority of the cops disagree with what you are doing, and I suspect most would, then you can bet you will lose the publics support. In this day and age, the police need all the public support they can get.

michael @ 7/1/2012 2:42 PM

Well, what a wonderful citizen this young lady is and she going green all the way with her bicycle. Why are we doubting the officers in this case. She says she wasn't in the many times have we been in situations like this where the suspect has a different version. I think obviously she should have stayed out of this situation totally. Hopefully a lesson learned by her. I am sure there are several places in town where she could volunteer her time if she really wanted to contribute to public awareness.

C.T. Carlson @ 7/2/2012 11:02 AM

I have to wonder if she is riding a bike because her license is suspended. Most bicyclists are glad when traffic slows down. She is either dumb as a rock or has an ax to grind with the local PD.

Brian @ 7/2/2012 1:10 PM

I love how so many interesting facts have been omitted from this article. Such as what they found in her backpack to lead to her arrest. Simply standing on the side of the road with a sign that states "Speed Trap ahead" is not against the law. I did this when I was 19. An officer was overly irate and asked me "What if you stopped someone from speeding and then they hit some kid and kill him?" to which I answered "Well, as long as he wasn't speeding then this is pointless, isn't it?"

That was the end of the conversation. Officer friendly got in his car and drove off. I even asked him to tell me if what I was doing was interfering in an ongoing police investigation or violated the law in anyway as I did not want to break the law, I simply wanted to give the public fair warning.

Yeah, not illegal to stand there with a sign.

If anything, they arrested her on a lame "wiretapping" charge as she was videotaping, probably with audio, and they used that as their only recourse to remove her.

Aside from that, and, if anything they may have found in her backpack leading to an arrest, she was fully within her rights.

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