Mimesis Law
22 April 2021

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.

Especially when against a black person. Just look at what happened to Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, or Tanisha Anderson.

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.

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  • Cornflake S. Pecially
    16 February 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Alleged to have been speeding.

    P.S. Don’t forget to pay your tickets kids and always leave plenty of time to get to class on time.

  • Richard G. Kopf
    16 February 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply


    This got me thinking. That probably scares the shit out of a lot of people.

    Intellectual honesty is the hallmark of education. Imani Perry is a professor at Princeton University. She has both a doctorate in philosophy (Ph.D.) and in law (J.D.).

    Imani Perry is not intellectually honest. Her facebook post proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt, especially when compared to the police video.

    In a better world, if she felt compelled to write something, Ms. Perry would have written a facebook post explaining how she screwed up and how the police treated her respectfully and properly given the existence of a warrant for her arrest. Sadly, we don’t live in a better world.

    Ms. Perry has disgraced Princeton and herself by her intellectually dishonest behavior. But that disgrace will either go unnoticed or covered over by cries of racism. We live in a world where intellectual honesty is increasingly passé.

    All the best.


    • Cornflake S. Pecially
      16 February 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      You and Greg crack me up Judge.

      “So Perry was handcuffed, taken to the station, and bonded out. No biggie”.
      “In a better world, if she felt compelled to write something, Ms. Perry would have written a facebook post explaining how she screwed up and how the police treated her respectfully and properly given the existence of a warrant for her arrest. Sadly, we don’t live in a better world.”

      No Biggie I guess, and in a better world ( “As long as you have the MONEY we are just going to process you and release you real quick” for your $130.00 ‘failure to park in a designated stall’ ticket from several years ago that may or may not have been on your windshield when you returned to your car several years ago, and oh yeah your license was suspended as a result and whatever “authority” issued that infraction citation may or may not have verified that you were notified, and received receipt of that when your driver’s license was suspended) this sort of order would be expanded to include not returning your cart to the designated stall after loading your groceries.

      It’s the law and the cops didn’t even have to be nice about it, but they were, which is an argument that justifies the badge not looking the other way with the roadside phone call formalities after a thirty minute traffic stop. One parking ticket does not a half of dozen make, but it is good to see it only takes sixteen minutes to make sure the correct course of action is being taken and miscreants aren’t out terrorizing the roadways and the jurisdiction in question had plenty of funding to allow another officer to be sent in as back up when outstanding parking ticket warrants are discovered after a traffic stop.

      You two probably bring a bag of chocolates to hand out every time a bureaucratic blowhard say please and thank you when you have business with the state, feds, or local municipality.

      And just in case you missed her last paragraph, or all of Iman’s other life experiences before she decided to vent about getting cuffed for an outstanding parking infraction which resulted in the suspension of her driver’s license, which lead to he being politely arrested, and cuffed out of view of the dash cam…
      “Nor do I want to catastrophize what I experienced. It was humiliating and frightening, but I am not Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, or Tanisha Anderson. I was not murdered. I was not screamed at, roughed up, or held over the weekend, or for weeks, or years. I was not forced into a plea deal that will take me away from my children, or prevent me from working or maintaining my home. I am here.”

      Too bad she wasn’t intellectually honest enough to say, “I can’t fucking believe the fucking cops and their fucking unions aren’t all up in managements, the courts, and their legislators face about the best way to handle outstanding warrants for one-off parking infractions.”

      Fuck the parking police and doubly fuck cops that pull people over for “speeding” when the conditions are safe to do so.

      Good thing Iman didn’t throw a furtive glance or reach for one of the officers guns just before the cuffs went on… Who knows what them brave officers would have been forced to do?

      P.S. Thanks for imbedding the Princeton Wikipidea link Greg. I was never certain if Princeton was a prison or a university.

      P.S.S. You, the judge, Iman, and Christopher should seriously consider getting fucked up and drafting some children’s books after a bodacious BBQ feed on the back deck. I could make you all a fortune after a little editing.

      • Richard G. Kopf
        17 February 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply


        Given the warrant, what the hell were the cops supposed to do? Oh, sure, ignore the warrant ’cause you wouldn’t want to offend a professor of Black Studies driving far over the speed limit in her fancy Acura.

        Power to the People!

        All the best.


      • Greg Prickett
        18 February 2016 at 11:14 pm - Reply

        They don’t know what barbecue is in New Jersey.

        Nor in the Carolinas, nor ‘Bama, KC, and many other regions. Memphis is close, but not quite there yet.

        They would have to come to Texas for real Que.

        • Cornflake S. Pecially
          19 February 2016 at 6:33 am - Reply

          Good point Greg.

          Well Judge, she was in for the ride. That’s the law. But, I think the chances are pretty good you and Greg would have been given the roadside call “courtesy” after it was determined she was going to take the ride regardless.

          P.S. If you were her in your community Judge, after all was said and done on the roadside with the glorious accountability of “failure to park in the designated stall” accountability. Do you think you would have been cuffed?

          • Greg Prickett
            19 February 2016 at 11:05 pm -


            I never transported a prisoner without handcuffs, and should the judge been arrested by me, he would have been cuffed.

            I can justify it too. “Based on my training and experience, I have seen prominent individuals arrested for minor offenses, and who decide that they are too good or important to go to jail. By handcuffing the arrestee, it serves to protect the arrestee from themselves, especially if they begin to panic from the thought of being publicly embarrassed or humiliated, and want to fight or flee. Additionally, the arrestee was [verbally resistant/intoxicated/very emotional] and this added to my concern.”

            It never failed me.

  • Smelly Cat
    16 February 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply


    Honesty, itself, is cliche. No one is truly honest. Period.

    • Richard G. Kopf
      17 February 2016 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Smelly Cat,

      Intellectual honesty is not a cliche in my world. I often fail at being intellectually honest, but I know in the pit of my ever enlarging gut when I am not being so.

      All the best.


      • Greg Prickett
        18 February 2016 at 11:11 pm - Reply

        I seriously doubt that you often fail at intellectual honesty.

        That’s not at all the impression I have, nor I am sure, Scott and many others.