What is it with the police and elderly people? And the handicapped. Or, in this case, both? Apparently Danny Baker, an elderly man with a prosthetic arm and a valid Colorado license, was arrested in Utah because he was driving on an expired Utah driver’s license. Curiouser and curiouser:
Baker claims that Stowe ran his license through a computer and then “insisted that Mr. Baker was driving without a valid license because Officer Stowe’s search of his database revealed that Mr. Baker had previously possessed a Utah driver’s license.”
Baker’s Utah license expired in 1988, he says, after he moved to Colorado.
Stowe “persisted,” however, and told him that his Colorado license was invalid because he did not have a Utah license, Baker says.
He says Stowe ordered him out of his car and arrested him for “‘driving on a denied license, fail[ure] to stop, expired license, [and] cracked windshield.’”
I didn’t know you had to have a valid driver’s license in every state of the union to drive legally. Anyway, things got worse. When he was being arrested, Baker informed the overzealous police officer that he had a prosthetic arm and couldn’t bend it behind his back. The police officer fixed that problem … by breaking Baker’s prosthetic arm.
Now Baker is suing the police officers involved in his arrest, and he has a pretty good case, I think. When will the police actually be held accountable for these kinds of incidents? It is likely that, if anything, these police officers will go on administrative leave for a time, and then get right back at it. And I’m sure they’ll say, like they’ve said so many times before, that Baker was “resisting arrest.” Yes, his arm was resisting arrest. But don’t worry. It’s not resisting anymore.