Princeton Professor Imani Perry’s Arrest – and Why the Police did a Good Job
Feb. 16, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Imani Perry is a professor at Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey. She has both a doctorate in philosophy (Ph.D) and in law (J.D.). Presumably, she, while she was a law student, learned that if a statute has been passed criminalizing behavior and that statute was violated, there could be criminal consequences.
So a few days ago, she was stopped for speeding in Princeton. She was doing 67 mph in a 45 mph zone, or 22 miles an hour over the posted speed limit.
When I was a cop, I would have stopped her too, and issued a citation. Hell, I would have stopped her and written her if she was doing 10 mph less, 57 in a 45.
So the officer asked for her driver’s license, insurance, and registration. He was very professional, and when she didn’t have her registration, he said that was okay, he could look it up on the computer.
And presumably, he checked her, because when he came back, he asked her some direct questions.
You see, her driver’s license was suspended. Back when I was still on the street, that was an automatic trip to jail. Nowadays, in many places, it is just another ticket. But the reason that her license was suspended is also important, because in New Jersey, if you don’t pay your tickets, a warrant is issues and your license is suspended.
They do that in Texas too, and in most states.
Perry had a warrant out for her arrest.
The way this works, professor, is that if you don’t pay your tickets, no matter what they are for, a bench warrant issues for your arrest. It’s nothing personal. It happens for everyone, including professors.
So the officers arrested her.
And the dashcam video shows exactly how professional they were. They explained what they were doing and why. They offered to let someone come pick up her vehicle. They offered to drive her to the university after she posted bond. They let her leave the vehicle parked on the side of the road.
A very professional approach, much more than I would have typically done. I would have towed the car, and I doubt that I would offer to drive her to the university.
So Perry was handcuffed, taken to the station, and bonded out. No biggie.
Until she posted about it on her Facebook page. Crying that the police should not have arrested her, that it was really revenue collection, and that type of law and police actions were bad.
Yeah, professor, lets look at it. First, all three of these women were killed by police. You were treated with kid gloves.
Bland was jumped on because the trooper got pissed that she wouldn’t extinguish a cigarette and committed suicide in the jail. Boyd was shot by an off-duty Chicago officer, who may have been drunk, and who was under-charged for the offense. Anderson, a mentally ill woman, died after being thrown to the ground with an officer’s knee in her back.
Exactly how do any of these compare to your incident? You were treated extremely well, so you accuse the police chief of lying when he responds to your Facebook complaint.
So the chief then releases the dashcam video, and not only is he not lying, it is clear to anyone that watches that you were not mistreated. At all.
What this is all about is an academic who believes that she is above the law, and who is willing to play the race card over the incident.
So the Princeton University president, Christopher Eisgruber wrote a letter to the police over the matter, before the video was released. Eisgruber should be extremely pissed right now, unless he’s bought into Perry’s delusions. You see, Eisgruber also has a J.D., clerked for Justice Stevens at the Supreme Court, and was a Rhodes scholar. He should be smart enough to recognize Perry’s claims as BS.
What this comes down to is not a black or white issue, it comes down to accountability and honesty.
I trust the officers. I don’t trust Perry any farther than I could throw her.