Forgot to Pay That Speeding Ticket? “Turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks.”

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Sarah Boaz was ticketed for running a stop sign in August.

She lost the ticket.  She figured a new one would be sent, or that she’d receive some kind of notice in the mail. She expected to pay some kind of late fee or penalty.

What she didn’t expect was to find the Richland Hills City Marshal waiting at her Texas home with an arrest warrant last Wednesday morning.

Boaz was handcuffed and brought to jail, where a female officer started giving her instructions. She was not prepared for what happened next:

“I’m going to need you to undress. I’m going to need you to stand against the wall. Please don’t step in front of this white box, or I’ll take that as aggressive toward me,” said the officer.

“Obviously I am going to jail. I guess it was just frustrating to me, that a bill that I pay a month late, I end up in jail for,” Boaz said.

She said she knows it was wrong not to pay the ticket right away, but didn’t expect to be picked up and taken to jail.

Attorney Jason Smith told CBS 11 News that there’s nothing that requires the city to put people in jail:

“The constitution doesn’t keep the government or government officials from not using common sense. Unfortunately, some police officers, some governments get overly aggressive because they want that ticket revenue.”

Strip searches are a common procedure in jails, despite controversy and lawsuits over the practice.

Albert Florence was in the passenger seat of his car when his wife was pulled over for speeding in 2005. The New Jersey state trooper ran a records search and found an outstanding warrant for Florence’s arrest for an unpaid fine – a fine that he had, in fact, paid, and had the documentation to prove it. Florence was handcuffed and arrested anyway.

Even if the warrant had been valid, failure to pay a fine is not a crime in New Jersey.

Florence was held in two different jails for nearly a week.  He was subjected to strip searches at each, even though there wasn’t any reason to suspect he was carrying contraband or guilty of a crime.

He was forced to stand naked in front of several guards and other prisoners and instructed to “Turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks.”

“I consider myself a man’s man. Six-three. Big guy. It was humiliating. It made me feel less than a man. It made me feel not better than an animal,” said Florence.

On the sixth day of his detention, a judge dropped all charges, and Florence filed a lawsuit.

In 2012, the Supreme Court heard Florence’s case, and ruled in a 5-4 decision that detention centers do not need suspicion or a reason to strip search a detainee, no matter how minor the offense:

“Courts must defer to the judgment of correctional officials unless the record contains substantial evidence showing their policies are an unnecessary or unjustified response to problems of jail security. Every detainee who will be admitted to the general population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while undressed,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said.

Justice Stephen Breyer dissented, stating:

“In my view, such a search of an individual arrested for a minor offense that does not involve drugs or violence — say a traffic offense, a regulatory offense, an essentially civil matter, or any other such misdemeanor — is an ‘unreasonable search’ forbidden by the Fourth Amendment, unless prison authorities have reasonable suspicion to believe that the individual possesses drugs or other contraband.”

“A strip search that involves a stranger peering without consent at a naked individual, and in particular at the most private portions of that person’s body, is a serious invasion of privacy. . . . Even when carried out in a respectful manner, and even absent any physical touching, such searches are inherently harmful, humiliating, and degrading. And the harm to privacy interests would seem particularly acute where the person searched may well have no expectation of being subject to such a search, say, because she had simply received a traffic ticket for failing to buckle a seatbelt, because he had not previously paid a civil fine, or because she had been arrested for a minor trespass.” (source)

About 14 million people are admitted to jails in the U.S. each year. Every one of them can be subjected to the humiliation and invasion of privacy that Boaz and Florence experienced, no matter how minor the offense.

The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. —Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Incidentally, Boaz’s husband was pulled over and ticketed for running a stop sign a few days ago.

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  • skipNclair

    no victim no crime. not only should these cases not end in any type of arrest, but they should never go beyond insanity. to strip search someone and humiliate them when there is no victim to the so called crime, is a crime in and of itself . How would these officers and or judges like their daughter , wife, mother, sister or any member of their family subjected to this type of treatment under these circumstances. They would not, and any that would say yes are liars and or full of crap. This must be stopped, and any reasonable person would have to agree.

    • Jean

      ” How would these officers and or judges like their daughter , wife, mother, sister or any member of their family subjected to this type of treatment under these circumstances. ”

      Let’s find out, and post it on Youtube…

  • h5mind

    People need to realize, the reason police treat the public with such contempt and cavalier abuse is they don’t work for us- they work for the department. Their primary duty is the often capricious enforcement of thousands of contradictory statutes and policies, with the resultant generation of revenue. This is why they are now referred to as “police” officers (short for ‘policy officer’), and not “peace” officers. Gone are the days of local peace officers protecting and serving the public and their property. You represent a source of revenue, nothing more. So whatever you don’t, NEVER speak to them- not even to “chat”, unless you like the idea of a bunch of guys examining your patootie.

  • Occams

    My friend spent 16 hours in the San Diego jail for an UNPAID PARKING TICKET.

    His ‘cell mates’ were two guys arrested for armed robbery, and a guy accused of breaking a broomstick and killing someone with the sharp end.

    Nice, huh?

    Shows you how desperately important the revenue stream is from ‘driving taxes’, as I like to call them. Criminals COST muuuneeey. Drivers BRING IN muuuuneeey.

  • Paul

    This is how the engineered (and fraudulent) consent process that allows the existence and use of Statute law is ultimately being weaponized against us. All Statute is fraud on a global scale, because it relies on a consent obtained through deception.

  • Dolores Jennings

    Time to start doing some black ops on those pigs where they sleep,

    Put the fear into them,

  • Bug Doody

    Amen Dolores.

  • Amos 5:13

    Play it “really safe” … swallow your pride … hire an attorney for ANY ticket …pay it and move on … stay out of the system … it’s not a hill you want to die on.

    • Jean

      Not worth hiring an attorney for a lot of things at this point.
      Still gives The System your money.

      Pay the petty shit and move on.
      Use attorneys for any felony, and even high-level misdemeanors.
      And kill the cops before trial, if you can…

      Don’t sweat putting down rabid animals.

  • Jim Nasium

    The key to unlock the cage we all find ourselves in at this time is the judiciary. This branch of government was created, in part, to protect the people from the ambitions and excesses of the other branches of government. Nearly all important issues are ultimately determined in a courtroom. Citizens no longer have direct access to grand juries and find that their complaints are first filtered through the political office of the district attorney. Litigants are routinely denied standing or due process in the courts to frustrate those who seek justice from the state.
    In Marbury v. Madison the supreme court ruled that an unconstitutional statute is void “ab initio” or from it’s inception. It reasonably follows that one of the first issues before any court should be the constitutionality of the law involved. Judges swear an oath to support and defend the constitution, within which is found your right to due process of law. Why is it that a denial of due process, the very definition of a void judgement, never renders any judgement void or results in prosecution of the judge for perjury of his oath?
    Judges are the gatekeepers of society. We depend upon them for redress and remedy. They have failed. In order to obtain remedy we must take back our courts by holding judges accountable.
    “Jail For Judges” is a concept which creates an external review board to hear complaints of judges actions and negligence and to sanction judges up to and including imprisonment. When judges must choose between according due process to litigants and going to jail for failure to do so, that is when people will receive due process and not a minute before. When “Jail For Judges” becomes law in any single jurisdiction, i.e. any state of the union, a person need only move to that state long enough to establish residency in order to qualify to petition the court for vacation of a facially void judgement, which is the court record of a case which demonstrates a denial of due process.
    People must qualify ballot initiatives to institute “Jail For Judges” and re-institute direct access for the public to grand juries to facilitate indictments against govt. actors who commit crimes. In this way the system may be used to purify itself and to return our country to a constitutionally restrained republic.

    • Jean

      Judiciary is in on the racket, sir, which is why Jail for Judges gets so little traction.

      OTOH, death for judges is too imflammatory.
      But Black Robe BBQs work well…
      And so do pig roasts.

      I mean these as “fundraisers”, of course…

  • BubbaT

    Only when these corrupt sobs start losing their lives will this bs change. Period. Honest citizens will eventually get fed up and see these criminals for who they truly are.

  • AV

    When are people going to realize that the pigs are a domestic enemy of Americans? We`re allowing these sadistic pig Nazis to control us, its past time to fight back.
    Pigs are roid-infused pedophile sadistic bastards who will suffer the consequences at the hands of an enraged nation of gunowners. Civil war is what these enemy occupiers want, lets get ready. Record everyone of these MF’s find out who they are, make their lives a living hell.

  • Thebes

    Its not JUST about ensuring that the ticket revenues keep flowing.
    The intentional Sexual Humiliation forced upon the “criminal” by the State is intended to be both a punishment and to reinforce the Political Class’s power over those so violated.

  • Happened to me

    In 1976 I was arrested and booked for failing to take care of a fix-it ticket properly. I had a broken headlight and went to jail for it. Is that what jails are for?

  • Ripped

    The police and the courts are the real criminals here and should be treated like the enemy of the people that they are.

  • rizzo

    if a law is abhorrent to the constitution on its face, it is no law. so how do we prevent enforcement officials from violating our rights by enforcing such void laws? do we have the right to use deadly force to defend ourselves against kidnapping and rape (which is what a case like the one in the article involves)?

    • Jean

      In many places, you’re not permitted to resist a cop, period.
      Resist (lethally if possible) anyway. Make them hunt you. Make them bleed every chance you get.

      Be pro-active, too: Find where they live, map the locations, and Post them online. If you can find out some are undercover, post their pictures.
      Greet their families.
      Shut them out of society and shut them out of your businesses.

      And if (when) they escalate, retaliate. If they send one of yours to jail, or the hospital, send at least ten of theirs to the morgue.
      Preferrably enough to bury, but why be choosy?
      And make sure they don’t pine away, missing their family…

      Play hardball from the get-go, they intend to anyway.

  • Kevin

    Perhaps there are readers who have some sort of connection to a quasi decent member of the house and or senate. They may be willing to push legislation the expressly forbids this type of behavior.

  • GladI’mnotAmerican

    Your governance, which was created to serve the people, has now changed to rule the people. The nobility based system your ancestors emigrated away from and later had a war of independence from, has come back. Once more those who have the most rule over those who are assisted to have the least. It’s pathetic to see your news give mention to Syria then move on swiftly to give miley Cyrus total talk show saturation because she shook her arse on stage. Clearly the repugnant antics of spoilt Hollywood children are of greater news worth than the involvement of your country in other sovereign nations affairs.
    This article simply shows that you are all considered to be numbered cattle.

    • Jean

      the system they fought against came back in the Constitution, unfortunately. Madison wasn’t what we’re taught in the textbooks, he WANTED this world. WANTED to be a Noble, basically, above all us peons.

      Didn’t take long… Federalist Papers were the first step to a Democracy, urging people to pervert the legal system and tell their states to vote for ratification.

      The rest is just the death-twitches.

  • Barn Cat

    All people who are arrested are strip searched. That’s the norm. People being arrested for not paying their tickets is normal too. There’s nothing wrong with what happened to the woman who didn’t pay her ticket.

  • Rovin

    @ Barn Cat: I suspect you’re IQ is below room temperature…
    That most mean “You’re a boneheaded COP!

  • m

    Agenda 21

  • It is I only