In a stunning combination of ableism, police brutality, and expecting oppressed groups to educate their oppressors, Denver police have charged a disabled activist with "interference" for refusing to teach the cops arresting her how to use her special wheelchair. Hilariously, she told them to "Google it."
When Denver police came to arrest Carrie Ann Lucas Thursday night, she refused to tell them how to operate her motorized wheelchair. She was not resisting arrest, she said, but she was not cooperating with her own detention either. She suggested officers Google the operating manual if they were stuck.
For this, Lucas was charged with interference with a police officer along with the trespassing citations that police issued to the other nine protesters arrested in U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office after a 58-hour sit-in to protest Medicaid cuts in the Republican health care plan.
Oh yeah, you can add "Republicans and their personal guard trying to kill the people arrested by taking away their healthcare" to the list.
There were several other protesters in wheelchairs arrested, and three more were charged with "interference," a bogus charge used to intimidate and punish protesters and others who don't show the proper reverence to police and their masters. According to the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, this is clear overcharging and the charges are likely to be dropped, because you don't have to help the police arrest you.
Still, the fact that these charges were filed at all, and the fact that this is regularly done, is more evidence that cops aren't there to protect the community. Only the elite. And they don't care who they have to step on to do it.