Officer Drags 77-Year Old Woman Out of the Car and Cuffs Her for Failing to Show ID
A policeman is being questioned by his superior officers after he dragged a 77-year old woman out of her car for speeding. The woman failed to produce her drivers license to the officer, which led him to feel it necessary to yank her out of the car.
The arrest was caught on video, and the Keene Police Department is currently conducting an investigation.
Lynn Bedford was clocked at 66 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone. Sgt. Gene Geheb pulled her over. That’s when the woman said that she told the officer that she had bladder infection. He kept asking for her id, but she refused. That’s when the situation got out of hand.
“Just hurry up; I have to go to the bathroom,” she said.
“Let me see your driver’s license and insurance, please,” the officer asked.
Several times, the woman kept asking to go to the bathroom.
“No, I want to see your driver’s license and insurance, please, and then I’ll listen to you,” the officer said.
“I’ll give it to you in a minute,” she replied.
“No, you give it to me now, or I’m going to take you to jail,” he said.
“Well, go ahead,” she said.
At that moment, the officer grabbed the woman and put her in handcuffs. He seemed to feel that the woman was being uncooperative and practically dared him to arrest her. Her attorney, Clay Graham, says that the officer’s actions were uncalled for:
“The officer is not very interested in listening to what she has to say,” Graham said. “She gets a little frustrated. And then he just overwhelms her. That’s what I see. And then it goes from routine stop to ridiculous stop.”
Bedford’s attorney says that the woman was injured during the arrest. But the Keene Police Chief, Rocky Alberti, is standing by the officer’s actions:
“This incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the City of Keene Administration,” Alberti said in a written statement. “All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards to violators not providing identification.”
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