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    The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has been sounding the alarm of a nationwide crisis in mental health services since 2011. On the other side of the Atlantic, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom is struggling to provide adequate mental health services. For us mental health professionals in Arkansas, these jeremiads ring a familiar bell.
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Re: “Rule campaign speaks out on DWI arrest

eLwood, it wasn't my intention to blow smoke or get weasel-like. I respect Herb Rule and he'll have my vote, for all the good it'll do against Griffen's bottomless pockets.

Having watched the video, I noticed a few specific things that might have fed a cop's suspicion:
-Mr. Rule wasn't driving smoothly. We all make mistakes and I understand that Mr. Rule was looking for a turn-off in an unfamiliar place, but it did seem that the cop was justified in making the initial stop.
-Mr. Rule got out of his car before the officer approached. It's not illegal to do so, but it doesn't seem wise.
-When the cop first returned to his own car, Mr. Rule closed his driver's door, and then opened it again within seconds, as if rethinking his first impulse.
-Mr. Rule failed to follow the officer's directions during one of the field sobriety tests, starting the heel-to-toe walk before he was told to do so.

I'm as left-leaning as anybody in town, but I've never felt an automatic suspicion for police officers. And I didn't think that Mr. Rule was necessarily physically impaired, but his thinking was screwy. Arguing with a cop, trying to talk a cop out of an arrest, questioning the cops basis for the initial stop, and asking to be exempt from a handcuff policy all seemed like the wrong way to handle things.

Maybe I assume too much or understand too little.

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Posted by Jim Holland on 10/13/2012 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Rule campaign speaks out on DWI arrest

Verla, I understand, but I don't think that smelling alcohol is required for an officer to determine impairment, which is not necessarily due to alcohol consumption. I don't argue that Rule was not within his rights to demand that the arresting officer share his thought processes, insist on having immediate access to an attorney while riding to jail in the back of a police car, or ask that the officer forsake policy and remove handcuffs, I just don't think it was wise.

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Posted by Jim Holland on 10/12/2012 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Rule campaign speaks out on DWI arrest

Verla, I understand, but I don't think that smelling alcohol is required for an officer to determine impairment, which is not necessarily due to alcohol consumption. I don't argue that Rule was not within his rights to demand that the arresting officer share his thought processes, insist on having immediate access to an attorney while riding to jail in the back of a police car, or have the
Nerve to ask that the officer forsake p

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Posted by Jim Holland on 10/12/2012 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Rule campaign speaks out on DWI arrest

I watched the video posted above from beginning to end and Mr. Rule looked plenty impaired to me, whether by booze, prescription medication, sleep deprivation, or some other cause, and his rude and contentious demeanor showed a real lack of judgement given his situation. A man his age should know when and how to shut the fuck up and cooperate with cops who are just doing their job.

I don't smell a Republican conspiracy here. The officers knew Herb Rule's name before they stopped him because they ran his plate before pulling him over. You can hear that on the recording. And the comparison between the privacy of one's home and driving a car on a public road, as mentioned in a previous post, doesn't hold. Privacy is a right. Driving is a very conditional privilege.

I'd vote for this cranky, entitled Democrat a dozen times over before voting for his Republican opponent, but I'm sorely disappointed in the way Mr. Rule handled the situation.

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Posted by Jim Holland on 10/12/2012 at 10:27 PM

 

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