Houston, TX - While riding her bike home from the grocery store last week Natalie Plummer was arrested, she says, for holding up a sign trying to warn drivers about what she saw as a speed trap.
She shot this video of police pulling cars over.
Plummer says the entire time she was on the sidewalk. Though the Houston Police Department says she was in the street. She tells us the officer sped over to her, not expecting what happened next.
"Jumped out of the car and started pulling on my back pack and started pulling me around and said gimme that gimme that. And I was like what are you doing?"
She says the officer told her she was obstructing justice. That she could serve up to five years in prison for doing so. Then he took her to jail.
She says her bike and phones fell out of the trunk of his vehicle on the way, damaging both. But she wasn't booked on obstruction, rather for walking in the roadway where sidewalks are provided. Something KTRK's legal analyst says is fancy police work.
"If she was in the middle of the street, then they can't get her for putting the sign up. They can't get her for warning anybody, but they could get her for obstructing traffic."
An HPD spokesperson insists it's a good arrest, claiming "it is an arrestable offense. It was the officer's decision to arrest her."
Plummer is meeting with an attorney. She says this whole thing is really about police trying to keep her from letting people know officers were giving out tickets ahead.
"I feel like a lot of times our first amendment rights get violated."
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