Taking photos of crash in her front yard lands woman in jail

On the night of Sunday, July 3, 65-year-old Massachusetts resident Judith Davis-Scott heard a car come crashing into her front yard and it ended up in her driveway. As any homeowner is told to do by their insurance company, Mrs. Davis-Scott grabbed her Nikon camera to photograph the damage to her property. Massachusetts State Police officers told her she was interfering with their investigation and ordered her to stop taking pictures.

The elderly woman, knowing her Constitutional rights, told the police she was on her own property and had the right to take pictures on her own property of her own property. Subsequently, an officer grabbed her, arrested her, took her camera, placed her in handcuffs and carted her off to jail.

Mrs. Davis-Scott was awakened in her second floor bedroom by the crash and looked out to see a car crashed into her Ford Escapade. She then dialed 911, grabbed her camera, and ran outside as flames had engulfed the vehicles. The crashed car had two people in it, both of whom had been shot and one of them was dead. After the flames were put out, she began photographing her property.

Her husband, a disabled veteran, expressed his shock at her arrest the next day when he said, “This is ridiculous. You try to live a decent life and this is what you get. It’s upsetting.”

Unfortunately, this is a taste of what the future of America will be if citizens do not rise from their apathy and realize that with freedom comes the responsibility of holding authorities accountable to abide by our Constitution, which was forged in the shadow of much sacrifice and bloodshed by people clinging to godly Christian principles.  I have a great deal of respect for law enforcement officers, but when they violate the rights of law-abiding citizens, that’s where my respect ends.  Since when is it against the law to take photos on your own property of things that belong to you?  But the authorities feel it’s perfectly okay for them to spy on law abiding citizens, even when citizens are on their own private property whether it’s them keeping track of citizens’ internet activity or moving forward on plans to use aerial drones to monitor neighborhoods in U.S. cities. 

And the soldiers likewise demanded of him [John the Baptist], saying, And what shall we do? And he [John the Baptist] said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. [Luke 3:14]

Source: Carlos Miller, Massachusetts Woman Arrested For Taking Pictures From Her Front Yard, Pixiq.com, July 5, 2011.

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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