A sickening new low in police brutality

Texas woman sues police department after she was arrested — and forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh

BY Nina Mandell

Sunday, October 9th 2011, 1:14 PM

A ride in a sheriff's car was made even worse by the officer's radio choice for one Texas woman.

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A ride in a sheriff’s car was made even worse by the officer’s radio choice for one Texas woman.

Rush Limbaugh was amused by the suit.

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Rush Limbaugh was amused by the suit.

A Texas woman is suing her local police department after she says she was arrested for no reason – and forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh.

In a lawsuit filed last week over the Oct. 4, 2010 incident, Bridgett Nickerson Boyd said her trouble began when she noticed her engine steaming and pulled over to the side of the highway, the Houston Chronicle reported. As she was pulling over, sheriff’s deputy Mark Goad pulled behind her – and then arrested her for driving on the shoulder.

To make a bad day even worse, her heart began racing dangerously fast and she had to go to the hospital, according to the report. Goad followed her there – and then rearrested her once she was treated.

The final straw came when he then put her in the back of his car and cranked up the conservative talk show host – who was making “derogatory comments about black people” all the way to jail, Boyd charged.

All of the charges against her were almost immediately dismissed by a magistrate.

Boyd’s attorney said she tried to get the sheriff’s department to take action – but when they refused, she filed suit alleging defamation, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“The taxpayers pay money for crime prevention,” Boyd’s lawyer told the paper. “I don’t think she was committing any crime.”

The talk show king himself got word of the lawsuit and addressed it on his radio show last week, seemingly amused by the whole incident.

“This woman doesn’t know how lucky she is.  What a great opportunity she had, forced to listen.  Derogatory comments about black people?  We don’t make derogatory comments about black people.  We make derogatory comments about liberals,” he said, chuckling.  “According to her Facebook page, Bridgett Nickerson Boyd’s favorite TV shows are Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow.  No surprise there.  I don’t know about Jerry Springer.  He’s not mentioned.  Wouldn’t doubt it, though.”

What was it they were blasting at Noriega? David Bowie? Bruce Cockburn? Billy Idol? He should consider himself lucky.

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