Georgia police taser an 87-year-old woman who was cutting dandelions with a knife

Fact: She didn’t English;
Fact: She had a knife;
Fact: She did not comply with police orders.

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ETA: Seriously, I blame the Boys and Girls Club busybody who called the police in the first place.

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Wait… they tased a 87 year old who clearly cannot communicate. I mean maybe she couldn’t hear? or spoke another language? Couldn’t they have tried the word “No!” Most folks speak or at least understand a few simple words like yes, no, OK, hello, please, stop, go, toilet in their non-native tongue. Or make a brushing motion. Move on. Call in someone who is sign language capable mb before you go in guns a-blazin. Or just talk to the person who called in and say, she seems harmless, just calm down please. Or maybe tell her “go home!” and then walk her there?

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Yes. Maybe do something. Anything!

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hey…they are doing it to old white ladies now…progress?

/s

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“We ain’t no backwoods racist cops. We’ll taze all y’all the moment we’re bored or tired or don’t feel properly respected. Skin color don’t matter!”

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Maybe we should outsource our cops to China too.

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They charged her with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer. Watch video here.

FYI y’all (since I clicked), that’s video of a local news report, not footage from the incident.

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How to respond to this call - oh look, it’s just a little old lady collecting weeds. I think I’ll go tell the caller that it’s just an old lady collecting weeds and then go about my day.

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At a business I used to work for a little old lady would come around every year and cut the dandelions all around the property, presumable to make dandelion wine. How did we handle this troublesome issue? We did nothing but say “hi” to her when we passed her and went about our day.

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I am sorry, but I only have one thing I could say

WHAT THE FUCK?!

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Yep, old lady and young mother both wearing hijabs used to come onto my lawn and collect dandelions. No idea where they were from, but I’m guessing collecting them on someone else’s property probably wasn’t a big deal from wherever it was. They just went down the street peacefully with their scissors and bag. I cringed the day my neighbor saw them and yelled all kinds of threatening obscenities. Luckily, he and his Harley have since moved out.

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One of countless times I wish I could detain the responsible parties and interrogate them for hours to discover what the everliving fuck they could possibly have been thinking. Seriously, we should be studying these people in labs to figure out what’s wrong with them and how to prevent it spreading.

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What does dandelion wine taste like anyway? I imagine it to be bitter.

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Seems to me thet Ray Bradbury wrote something about this. . .

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That picture of her hand, holy shit. She looks very old. Very frail. Someone to be honored and protected. Weird how things can impact us. Some old lady I don’t even know and I’m nearly in tears over her.

Maybe because my own grandma is about to have her 83rd birthday in a few days, and she’s not doing so great, and so that’s what I really see when I look at that photo. So what does that make me? Another self-absorbed person on the internet making it all about me, I suppose. I hope not.

But when I think about the kind of person who could turn a taser on that old women, out harmlessly collecting plants, I dunno. I get this sort of deep, seething coil of frustration and this cold knot of rage that makes me wonder what I might be capable of.

I get so annoyed with people who seem to go around looking for the next thing to be pissed off or righteously indignant about, but this kind of thing, goddamnit, we ought to be better than this by now.

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Well, her name is “Al-Bishara”, so clearly terrorist. amirite?

But for fucks sake, if you feel threatened by an 87 year old cutting dandelions, even with a big scary knife, maybe you’re not quite cut out for much more than TP tester at the local Charmin factory.

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Heck, send them my way. I’ll make them tea or lemonade. Free gardening/weeding right?

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I’m told it tastes like Summer.

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