Police Misconduct is Not Shocking, Ms. Montford

In not-so-recent news, former Travis County District Attorney candidate, Mindy Montford, was arrested for public intoxication. The charges were subsequently dropped due to insufficient evidence (see here and here for coverage).

What I found interesting is that Montford found it “shocking” that she was arrested for public intoxication just because she was attempting to advise her friend about his rights during a DWI investigation. Sadly, I don’t find it shocking at all. Over the course of my career–including my time as a prosecutor–I’ve seen cops routinely lie and abuse their power. The only truly surprising thing about Montford’s experience is that they thought they could get away with abusing such a well-connected person. Only a career prosecutor (or perhaps our dear governer) would expect to be treated fairly when defying the police.

Heads Up: No-Refusal Weekend

Taking a cab when you’ve been drinking is always smarter than driving but we’re also coming up on a no-refusal weekend. So if your plans for the Fourth include alcohol, you might want to take the time to put this number in your speed dial right now:  Yellow Cab Austin (512) 452-9999.

And if you’re familiar with the Mr. Gatti’s jingle , then you have an easy way to remember the number. Just sing the jingle to yourself (“dial 459-2222 and get a Mr. Gatti’s pizza delivered”), then swap the 9’s and 2’s.