Woman jailed for 'neglected' lawn
A 70-year-old US woman has been left bruised and bloody after an
unexpected clash with police who came to arrest her because her lawn
was dry and brown.
Trouble flared when Utah pensioner Betty Perry, 70,
refused to give her name to an officer trying to caution her for not
watering her lawn.
She says the officer hit her with handcuffs, cutting her nose, although police insist she slipped and fell.
Ms Perry said she was "distraught" after the incident.
She denied that she was resisting arrest, maintaining that she turned to go inside to call her son to fix the confusing dispute.
"I tried to sit down and get away from him," she told Utah newspaper the Daily Herald.
"I don't know what he's doing. I said: 'What are you doing?' And he hit me with those handcuffs in my face," she said.
"He's just trying to cover his tracks, as far as I'm concerned."
The officer had judged that Ms Perry's "sadly neglected
and dying landscape" breached an Orem city guideline and was attempting
to issue a formal caution when the 70-year-old was injured.
She was treated in a local hospital for the cut to her nose and for other bruises before being taken to jail.
But she was let go when police realised there were
"other ways" of finding out her identity without taking her to jail, a
police spokesman said.
The arresting officer has not been named but has been placed on administrative leave, he added.
Ms Perry, who says she has never had a run-in with
police in the past, has been offered help by local church leaders to
clean up her garden.
"I'm very distraught over all this," she said.
"I can't believe this happened. Do you ever just wish you could start your day over and it would all be different?"