Can you imagine being jailed for two months for possession of meth…that you didn’t have?
Imagine driving home with one of your friends. Then a cop pulls you over for a minor traffic violation.
But instead of giving your friend the ticket and moving on, the cop accuses you of possession of meth.
His reasoning for charging you with that felony? A spoon that you had in a plastic bag.
A spoon you used for spaghetti.
The worst apart of it all is that this happened to an actual person.
That person is Ashley Huff, a 23 year old who lives in Georgia.
The Huffington Post described it nicely when they said…
[she] was pulled over on July 2. Police noticed she had a spoon in her bag that had “some residue” on it. Huff told them it was just SpaghettiO sauce, but they slapped her with a charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Now to the insane part.
She was pulled over on July 2, jailed two weeks later, and then released on bond.
However, she ended up missing one of her court appointments and was incarcerated again.
It wasn’t until September 18 when the lab results of the spoon came back that Ashley was released.
Now, you’re probably wondering why the crime lab took so long to figure out that her spoon didn’t contain any meth.
Well, that’s what happens when you throw so much cases on one lab. Too much work, to few people to do it.
Things get clogged in the machine.
A clogged machine means a woman doesn’t get acquitted 2 months after the fact.
That’s a problem.
But, it’s also a great “emotional argument” for reforming police conduct.
Reforming Police Conduct?
Regardless of how you view the police, you can’t deny that reform is needed.
There’s too much abuse. There’s too much idiocy. There’s too much misplaced priorities.
Take Ashely for example. She should never have had been arrested.
I don’t know what the cop was thinking, but it definitely wasn’t much (he arrested her on suspicion of having a spoon with meth on it. A spoon…used for spaghetti. What the heck)
Police need to be given new priorities.
- Theft, murder, and abduction take precedent over speed limit violations
- Victimless crimes are superficial
- Don’t be hasty in charging people
There’s also that whole issue with the number of laws we have. And don’t get me started on the number of regulations either.
The more laws cops have to enforce, the worse it gets.
That’s how you get cases like Ashley’s.
The Emotional Argument
Remember, a while back, when I talked about emotional arguments?
Do you remember how effective they can be?
Well, that’s what Ashley’s story is. It’s an emotional argument for reforming police conduct.
It’s also a good argument against the plethora of laws that comprises your legal system.
Here’s an example of turning Ashley’s story into an emotional argument…
Who gets arrested for being suspected of having a spoon with meth residue on it? Do you realize how asinine that is? Ashley was only 23 years old. It took over two months for her innocence to be proved. Two months of her life was wasted in something that could’ve taken a few days to rectify. We need to reform the police system so this kind of travesty doesn’t happen. No American should go through such idiotic police conduct.
I’m sure you can come up with your own emotional arguments for this situation, but you get the idea.
Stories like Ashley’s are a prime example of the reform we need.
They’re also a great way to incorporate some emotion into your argument.