Friday, March 28, 2008

Moore Developments

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Stephanie Moore is going to trial. This stems from an incident at a basketball game in Battle Creek between Moore and a police officer who was arresting a young man.

While Moore's leftist politics and embezzlement conviction are obnoxious, this case is increasingly troubling. She is charged with a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison for "resisting and obstructing a police officer". This is despite the fact that there was no physical contact between her and police officer Vincent Munoz.

Calhoun County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deirdre Ford disagreed.

Physical interaction is not a requirement before someone can be charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, she said.
Shouldn't it be? Should it be a crime to get into an argument with a police officer?

Further, the timing of the charges, after Moore filed a complaint, is at least suspicious.

Moore didn't commit violence or theft. At worst, she trespassed and got into an argument with a police officer. That may be worthy of a fine, but the threat of two years in prison is outrageous.

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