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Texas Woman's 'Speed Trap' Sign

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Houston Police arrested Natalie Plummer, after she held a "Speed Trap" sign near a traffic-enforcement operation. Read the full story here.

June 28, 2012
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Tags: Houston PD, Catching Speeders, Citizen Video


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crispianranger @ 6/28/2012 7:18 PM

In my police force we would have charged her with "Obstructing the Lawfull Course of Duty"...and "vagrancy" springs to mind when someone has nothing to do but hang around the side of a street!

Lead Farmer @ 6/28/2012 8:58 PM

Well Obstructing is a real stretch and anyone has a right to be anywhere as long as they are acting lawfully. Pissing off the cops is not against the law.

Hoshi @ 6/28/2012 9:20 PM

While working traffic enforcement in Portola Valley on Alpine Road I discovered that two kids had set up a "Radar Cop Ahead" sign 1/2 mile behind me. A mile ahead of me they had a barrel set up for donations. Free enterprise, American ingenuity.

Billy Ray @ 6/28/2012 10:00 PM

Well, This aint my first Rodeo. Chief Duane McNiell (CCPD), formally COMMANDER of AUSTIN PD, taught us that this type of arrest of is acceptable. Why all the fuss? GO DUANE!!!!!!!! Say Hi to Sheri for us!

Andy @ 6/28/2012 10:43 PM

The job of a traffic officer is prevent accidents, keep the public safe, it's not to raise funds for cities. It's been proven that writing tickets does not reduce accidents. Granted many people deserve tickets for D U A, however this woman most of gotten drivers to slow down. It appears it was over reaction by the officer or dept.
A retired traffic officer

Khan @ 6/29/2012 2:25 AM

The officer would have done his community a better service if he had cited the owner of that overgrown ROW. Then if he really wanted to make an impression he would have come back with his own lawn mower and cleaned it up.

Juan 10-13 @ 6/29/2012 4:18 AM

These are the same bozo's who will deny witnessing a drug transaction or domestic abuse. Hey Khan maybe you should team up with her and Andy and start a landscaping business. I doubt she's working. She's already dressed to mow! That should be impressive and enterpeneural.

For Shame @ 6/29/2012 5:46 AM

The officers were trying to slow down traffic, so was she. Oops, wait a moment, maybe it's cash box justice in which case they are pissed. If a 45 yr old woman, sober, was walking on the street, would they have tossed her backpack (if any) and arrested her for walking in the roadway or warned her. Methinks that having no other way to "take care" of Ms. Plummer somebody may have stretched the truth to make a "point."

Flame away but 25+ years with the badge and proud of having done it the right way.

D-Ray @ 6/29/2012 6:23 AM

A note to her family and those that think this is OK: Please do not complain that the police "don't do anything" about speeders when one of them smashes into her little bicycle and kills her. Remember, she condones speeding! That goes for any other illegal activity that affects you people. When you take a stance to keep violators from being caught, you are protecting the guilty. Remember that when you loved ones are violated by a criminal. Have a nice day!

Dave @ 6/29/2012 6:30 AM

The in-car video camera should clear this up. Was she in the road or not? I want to see the video footage and clear up these accusations of a POPO arrest. Do they have in car video footage?

TripWire @ 6/29/2012 11:09 AM

@For Shame- No flaming deserved and thanks for your years of doing it the right way, we need more like you.
@D-Ray- That attitude is exactly why police officers are losing the respect of citizens that used to support them.
There comes a point sometimes where law enforcement looks a lot like harassment. This appears to be just that. All police officers need to understand that every swinging johnson has a camera and that if you screw up, it will end up on youtube. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Everything a police officer does should be able to stand up to scrutiny and no officer should fear a camera. Police officers are entrusted with a great power but with that power comes great responsibility. There are officers out there right now who do not have the temperament for law enforcement who years ago might have been able to stay on the job. It's getting harder and harder for these individuals to stay under the radar, poisoning other officers, but that is rapidly changing and in the long run will restore the public's faith and confidence.

Sgt B @ 6/29/2012 12:15 PM

Amazed a driver, while squinting to read her grocery sack sign, didn't cause a collision.

Bob@Az. @ 6/30/2012 5:35 PM

Way to go HPD! Ya gotta get these dangerous "free speech" terrorist off the streets!! Next thing you know they'll be voting! So what if she DID slow down traffic? Can't make any money that way. And make sure you search that backpack for more signs, too! Your PR dept. must be real happy with this one. Wonder how much your dept will lose when she sues for unlawful search?

Jack @ 7/1/2012 12:04 PM

"Walking in the roadway where there is a sidewalk present"? Wow, nice grasp at those straws, HPD. Watching an agency streeeeeeeetch the criminal code to fit a non-offense is like watching Michael Moore squeeze into a pair of pantyhose. Too bad the city fathers haven't yet had the wisdom to codify "contempt of cop" or "interfering with LEO revenue chasing activity," eh?

Jack @ 7/1/2012 12:04 PM

"Walking in the roadway where there is a sidewalk present"? Wow, nice grasp at those straws, HPD. Watching an agency streeeeeeeetch the criminal code to fit a non-offense is like watching Michael Moore squeeze into a pair of pantyhose. Too bad the city fathers haven't yet had the wisdom to codify "contempt of cop" or "interfering with LEO revenue chasing activity," eh?

Jack @ 7/1/2012 12:06 PM

"Walking in the roadway where there is a sidewalk present"? Wow, nice grasp at those straws, HPD. Watching an agency streeeeeeeetch the criminal code to fit a non-offense is like watching Michael Moore squeeze into a pair of pantyhose. Too bad the city fathers haven't yet had the wisdom to codify "contempt of cop" or "interfering with LEO revenue chasing activity," eh?

Greg @ 7/2/2012 4:03 AM

This is just pathetic. The courts have very recently ruled it's not illegal to have a sign warning of a speed trap set-up. Just why exactly was he allowed to "toss her backpack?" before she was arrested etc.

Maybe these Houston officers should consider moving to Pigknuckle, Alabama and run small town speed traps, they've got the attitude down already, not much of a learning curve would be necessary.

Oh puleeze about her condoning speeding and when she's hit by a speeder. It's not exactly a neighborhood she's in, crappy small business/storage area probably used by local commuters. Let's see the dash video of her in the street! Oops, erased I betcha'.

KST @ 7/3/2012 7:36 PM

I guess this is the only way an ugly woman can get a second look. lol

Black Kat @ 7/3/2012 10:15 PM

Our Police Departments are becoming Socialist organizations. The unions are destroying them. The woman was giving them a helping hand, slowing down the traffic. No reason to arrest her.

Ray Cuellar @ 7/4/2012 12:17 AM

Seems kind of silly to arrest this women for holding the sign. It's arrest's like these that make us all look bad. Contempt of cop is not an arrestable offense. Just saying!

Dave @ 7/10/2012 4:29 PM

Isn't ironic that the officer was standing in the street as well.........

RC @ 7/21/2012 2:38 PM

Typical NAZI tactics at road piracy to protect revenue for the corporate city.

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