While Some Ask Why, The Atlanta Police Ask Why Not: Police Arrest Woman For Asking “Why?”

Atlanta police appear to be fans of Alfred Lord Tennyson: “Ours is not to reason why Ours is but to do and die”. When four women planning a funeral were ordered by an Atlanta police officer to move, one asked “why?” Minnie Carey, then 61, was arrested, cuffed, and thrown into jail.

The Citizen Review Board found that Atlanta Police officer Brandy Dolson falsely arrested Carey,

Seth Kirschenbaum, an attorney who is vice-chairman of the board, said that there have been at least 18 complaints had been filed against Dolson since 2001. APD spokesman Lt. Curtis Davenport said Dolson is “suspended without pay for an unrelated incident.”

The women were standing outside of a convenience store discussing the funeral of a friend who died in front of the store in a traffic accident. Dolson and his partner pulled up in their cruiser and told them to “move it.” Dolson’s partner, Jamie Nelson, insisted that Carey “yelled ‘why’ with a loud manner and refused to leave after we instructed her several times to do so.” The friends deny that she spoke in a loud voice, but even if she did, when is that a crime?

Dolson reportedly replied “because I said so.” You can call it the Tennyson policy.

She was first held in a patrol wagon and then jail for nine hours. She is a diabetic and went without food until she returned home. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

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21 thoughts on “While Some Ask Why, The Atlanta Police Ask Why Not: Police Arrest Woman For Asking “Why?””

  1. FM, For remarks like that, we just consider the source.

    Why would anyone care about the opinion of a bigot?

  2. FM,

    That is uncalled for. But let me take another drink and I’ll get back to you.

  3. How about Black Maria. It means the same thing and served the same purpose as a Paddy Wagon. But you must understand that in the coal mine areas the Black Maria is also a Hersch. One last thing that this stood for was Edison’s Production Studio.

  4. Note to JT.

    We folks with Irish surnames should be especially aware that “paddy wagon” is gratuitously offensive to many people these days for good reasons. It is an obsolete phrase.

    Just correct the posting to say “patrol wagon.”

  5. “Paddy Wagon” is offensive to Irish Americans. Was police van too difficult to type out?

  6. She said she was standing outside the lotto store. All I can say is ,”Damn Right!”

  7. “She was charged with disorderly conduct.”

    I’ve always been under the impression that disorderly conduct was anything that an officer wanted it to be. It is stories like these that make more people want to ask “Why?” Me included.

  8. Atlanta, silly.

    Questioning is our nature.

    Still home of the brave(s)?

    Dear Atlanta,

    This haiku is far better than this nitwit deserves. Dolson’s status needs to be changed to “fired without pay”.

    I bid you good day.

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