A 70-year-old Utah woman, Betty Perry, was arrested, handcuffed and charged with failing to maintain her landscaping and resisting arrest after she refused to give her name to an officer who had come to her home to give her a citation. During the arrest Perry struggled and fell, injuring her nose.
Outside the courthouse, power lawyer Gloria Allred waved handcuffs around for the cameras and spoke on behalf of Perry. Allred made a plea for sanity in law enforcement, saying, “I ask the citizens of Orem: How many of you would like to have your great-grandmother taken from her home with bruises and blood and placed in handcuffs for failing to water her lawn?”
The mayor and City Council in Orem, Utah have apologized and said that the situation could have been handled differently. The city attorney had refused to drop the charges against Perry and she will appear in court again next month.
At the time of her arrest, the water at Perry’s home had been turned off for about 9 months, at her request.