September 11, 2007

Police Brutality Does Not Require a Taser or Night Stick

Kanawha County has about the sleaziest sheriff in the nation. Sheriff Mike Rutherford read in the papers about Megan Williams, the West Virginia woman who has been the center of international media attention after her torturous ordeal of rape and torture earlier this month. Sheriff Rutherford didn't pray for her full recovery ... he didn't curse the six thugs that held her captive for over a week ... instead, he decided to arraign Ms. Williams on outstanding warrants that she had for writing bad checks.

Before the arraignment, Williams was placed in a holding cell. She screamed and cried for her mother. Her mother, Carmen Williams, made a rude gesture toward the cameras at the arraignment and later threatened to strike a member of the media. "I wish you all would go," Carmen Williams told the media.

The timing of this decision is troubling. I wonder if Sheriff Rutherford is related to the thugs that held Ms. Williams captive? Why else would he do this now, instead of waiting for Ms. Williams to fully recover from her injuries. I can understand why drivers in town flip their middle finger at Sheriff Mike Rutherford.

Sheriff Mike Rutherford is formally exiled from the Electronic Village.

14 comments:

Natalie said...

Wow, what incredible poor taste.

C. R. Morris said...

:*-( This really makes me angry. I didn't understand how anyone could have done such horrible things to another human being in the first place... but to lower one's self to behave as this sheriff has? Unbelievable! This is pure crap!

Villager said...

Natalie & CR - We live in a world that has fewer and fewer surprises. Humans are doing some truly terrible things to one another. All we can do is shine the light on evil when we see it and hope that our sharing of information through our blogs makes a difference.

peace, Villager

katherine. said...

when this story first aired on MSNBC or CNN the interview with the sheriff and the words he used to describe her torture struck me as off...and somewhat disturbing...

When does Rutherford come up for election?

Villager said...

Katherine - I'm not sure about Rutherford's re-election date. However, it appears that he is comfortable that he is doing what his constituents think is the right thing to do.

peace, Villager

AJ said...

I found this to be quite disturbing as well. Law enforcement officers have discretion to pursue cases as they see fit - why the rush. Perhaps its to discredit her before the trial?

plez... said...

Disturbing? Yes.
Surprised? No!

I would bet that the prevailing opinion in that "neck of the woods" is that those 6 people really didn't do anything wrong... they wuz just havin' some fun with her. Hell, she went over there on her own, didn't she?!?

SICK... just sick!

Villager said...

AJ and Plez - Thank you for your insights. I don't have much to add. You both understand the dynamics...

peace, Villager

Becky C. said...

I can see why the sheriff wanted to move so quickly and decisively on such serious charges.

~Becky

Villager said...

Becky - Would you have felt the same way about the victims of 9/11. Should law enforcement have taken advatage of the 9/11 tragedgy to serve warrants for bounced checks to people?

Personally, I think that this action will keep any future rape victim from *ever* giving out her name in public. If law enforcement is so vicious in their use attacks on the victim of rape and torture ... why give out your name publically?

Homeland Colors said...

What bothers me most about this story is my own lack of surprise.

Villager said...

Homeland Colors - Yes, these types of stories appear to occur much too often...

peace, Villager

longtallnikki said...

I seriously hope becky's comment was meant to be read "dripping with sarcasm"! How does check bouncing warrant her going to...nevermind i just looked at your pic....daisy dukes and a button down shirt tied at the waist??.....forget i even addressed you.

Villager said...

Long Tall Nikki - Now, now Nikki ... we should never judge a book by the cover. And I can't assume sarcasm on a computer screen. Anyhow, thank you for sharing your voice in our village today. I hope you'll come back!