Friday, March 27, 2009

Who Are the Police Protecting? Your Thoughts Appreciated...

Woke up yesterday and got on Facebook (as is the morning tradition) and read a status message from Fiona Bloom, the publicist of DC-based singer Wayna. The status simply read "Free Wayna".

Wayna, a soul singer who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for her song "Lovin You" is the anti-diva. She is personable, laid back yet classy and is more girl-next-door with not a lick of Lil Kim-ish quality at all. So, I thought, this can't be about being locked up. Wayna? Hell no.

But I was wrong. The Baltimore Sun reports that Wayna was arrested day before yesterday after packing a stage prop in the wrong bag. The indie soul singer was arrested Wednesday at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. The item that attracted security's attention was a police baton prop used during her performance--ironically-- of her song "Billy Club," which addresses police brutality.

An explanation to security was futile, as the Ethiopian singer was arrested on a third-degree felony weapon charge. After 12 hours in jail, Wayna was released early Thursday morning on $5,000 bail.

Can we say WTF????

This news comes on the heels of a tragic news story of police authority gone overboard (do these stories ever end?) in Texas once again.

A police officer was placed on administrative leave Thursday over a traffic stop involving an NFL player whom he kept in a hospital parking lot and threatened to arrest while his mother-in-law died inside the building.

Officer Robert Powell also drew his gun during the March 18 incident involving Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats in the Dallas suburb of Plano, police said.

"I can screw you over," he said at one point in the videotaped incident. When another officer came with word that Moats' mother-in-law was indeed dying, Powell's response was: "All right. I'm almost done." Read the entire story HERE or watch the video below

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