Overzealous police are the bane of a good department. When officers are distrusted by the populace, it hurts their ability to do their job. And when they aren’t reprimanded — or when crimes against the public are judged separately, or covered up — it makes it worse. Couple that with officers feeling alienated from the public, and the result is a vicious cycle that ends in over-policing and, all too often, brutality.
Elizabeth Daly was a victim of over-policing in April of 2013 in Virginia, when officers — who did not identify themselves as such — attempting to catch underage drinkers went after 20-year-old Daly and two of her friends, who locked themselves in Daly’s vehicle. While the girls were locked in the SUV, one officer drew his weapon, while another jumped on top of the hood. Not knowing they were police, Elizabeth Daly fled the scene, grazing a couple of them with her car.
Apparently, she and her two friends had left a grocery store with a case of water which officers mistook for beer. Daly ended up being arrested, charged with two felonies, and spending a night in jail. The charges were later dropped. Her lawsuit against the officers was for $40 million, and she claims to have PTSD and a tremor in her hand as a result of those events.