Free-Range Kids

Cops Arrest, Attack Mom Who Let 11-Year-Old Son Drive Golf Cart

Charged with child abuse

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Mall
Screenshot via The Charlotte Observer

A North Carolina mom who let her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart on a vacation island for about 30 seconds was arrested, wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, and frog-marched onto a ferry to the police station, where she was jailed in leg irons and charged with child abuse.

The mom, Julie Mall, was on vacation with her husband, son, 9-year-old daughter, 22-year-old niece, and their golden retriever, staying at a $1000/night cottage on Bald Head Island. On the evening in question, last July 26, they were riding on a paved path at dusk when the cart was pulled over by an officer.

According to Mark Washburn in The Charlotte Observer, "Mall says there is no question she was wrong." No one is allowed to drive a golf cart without a drivers' license. But what happened next is in dispute.

The  police department report says that after Officer James Hunter pulled over the cart, he identified himself to the Malls and "immediately observed them both to be intoxicated"—a fact the Malls dispute. The police did not conduct any intoxication tests.

The report added that Julie Mall was "agitated and loud" and "interfering with street and pedestrian traffic." The officer said that when he ordered Mall to move off the path, she refused. And then:

"In attempting to secure the custody of the female, same dropped to the ground and began screaming and flailing around, refusing to surrender her hands or obey officer commands," Hunter wrote.

"Same was physically assaultive and required me to initiate ground control to secure her custody."

Julie Mall recalls the incident differently. After Officer Hunt pulled them over:

 "Immediately he started berating us," she says. "He was saying 'How old is this kid?' 'Are you guys drunk?' 'I could write you up for child abuse.' "

Mall says she had no more than a single glass of wine with dinner hours earlier, and no one was intoxicated.

As the officer's tirade continued, she says, her son burst into tears. She asked her niece to take the children back to the cottage.

Until now, it should be noted, Mall's only encounter with the police was a 2007 traffic ticket:

Mall says after the sobbing children left, she told the officer she was angry that he had upset them unnecessarily. "I said, 'You ought to be ashamed of yourself,' and I stuck my finger in his face."

She says the officer didn't have a citation book with him, so he radioed for someone to bring him one. A second police vehicle arrived, and later a third.

Four or five officers were conferring there when she asked her husband to drive their golf cart back to the cottage to get mosquito repellent, leaving her alone in the dark with the police.

Four or five officers? What if elsewhere on the island some desperado was picking flowers from a public park? The story continues:

Mall says she was standing on the median of the path tapping away on her cell phone when the officer came over and told her she was blocking traffic and she needed to return to her golf cart – which no longer was there.

Mall says she was standing off the roadway at the time and the police vehicles had the road blocked.

"He said, 'You need to go back to your golf cart or I'm going to cuff you,' " she says. "He lunged across at me, twisting my arm behind my back. I'm hysterical. I've never been that scared of anything in my life."

Scott Mall returned and managed to videotape what came next: His hysterical wife sobbing and screaming on the ground, with the officer's knee in her back. She was then driven to the local station house (where a gaggle of officers were watching Naked and Afraid). From there:

Hunter and another officer took her to the ferry, where about 30 passengers were waiting for the next boat.

When it arrived, she says she was led aboard barefoot – she lost her flip-flops in the struggle – for the trip to Southport. Waiting passengers were told they would have to wait for the next boat because a prisoner was being transported.

Like she's Son of Sam.

On the mainland she was driven to the police office in Bolivia, NC. There she was charged with resisting a public officer, intoxicated and disruptive behavior, and misdemeanor child abuse.

When her handcuffs were removed so she could be fingerprinted, her ankles were shackled instead, and she was put into a jail cell. Bond was set at $1,000. Her husband arrived, paid the bond and she was released.

She returned for her trial on Aug. 20, but Officer Hunter did not appear. The trial was rescheduled for Oct. 2, and again Hunter did not appear. "Without a witness, the state dismissed the case," according to the Observer.

If I were that officer, I'd be AWOL, too.

Elsewhere in the article, the reporter noted that "Bald Head Village has about 25 officers in its Public Safety Department. With a year-round population of 168, the municipality has the enviable ratio of one officer for every seven residents."

Just how enviable it is to have one cop for every seven residents is up for debate. 

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224 responses to “Cops Arrest, Attack Mom Who Let 11-Year-Old Son Drive Golf Cart

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  2. There’s a difference between year round residents and peak residents, and the number of officers may be tied to the latter rather than the former. It’s not uncommon for beach areas to hire extra officers for the summer months, so your stats may be apples to oranges.

    Having said that, her treatment – as described – does seem wrong.

    1. She scolded a police officer. She’s lucky to be alive.

      1. Eh it is a vacation area, killing the tourists is bad for business so the cops there have to find other ways to get their jollies

        1. It’s isolated by a ferry too. There’s literally no riff-raff on the island for these cops to harass. Can you imagine how much pent-up tension they’re dealing with? They must have something going on under the radar, like monthly field trips to Wilmington to shoot dogs and beat up the homeless.

          1. They don’t even get compensated for their commute to the mainland to hone their sadism for those crucial moments like this one. Unsung heroes.

      2. I like the comments sections some of whom seem to imply that if you question the King’s men to the slightest degree, then you are resisting arrest and deserve what you get.

        We need to come up with a genuflection so that the King’s men unequivocally know that us peasants are submitting to their authority so we don’t get shot.

        1. Just make sure the genuflection can’t be seen as a furtive movement.

          1. All movements are furtive.

        2. 1) Extend both arms out straight so they are parallel to the ground.
          2) Ball hands into fist with the palms facing upward.
          3) Bend balled fists ninety degrees toward your body.
          4) On a hand with five fingers, fully extend third finger from innermost part of hand.

      3. “She scolded a police officer.” This was her real crime, and why she had to be punished.

      4. Good thing they didn’t bring their dogs with them on vacation.

    2. Cheif Brody was taking care of all of Amity Island with only one dim-witted deputy.

      1. Yeah, and how did that work out? You want Bald Head Island to be eaten by Great White Sharks?

        1. A golf cart driven by a kid is not a shark. I mean, they didn’t even blow the cart up, ffs.

          1. Smile, you cart of a bitch!

            1. Didn’t see the first cart for about a half-hour. Club Car. 94-incher. You know how you know that on the island, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the pedal to the battery. What we didn’t know, was that our dinner reservation was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, carts come cruisin’ by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the cart come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and sometimes that cart he go away? but sometimes he wouldn’t go away.

              Sometimes that cart looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a cart is he’s got lifeless eyes. LED eyes. Like patio lights. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be movin’? ’til he hits ya, and those headlights roll over white and then? ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched whine of the engine. The island turns red, and despite all your poundin’ and your hollerin’ those carts come in and? they rip you to pieces.

              1. *growing, thunderous applause*

              2. *enthusiastic applause*

              3. bahh + 1 humbug
                /throws chum in the water.

                The carts didn’t even rape anyone. THIS IS NOT THE SUGAR FREE I KNOW AND LOVE!

                *runs away sobbing

                1. We’re going to need a bigger charging station?

              4. *genuflects, non-furtively*

              5. gonna need a bigger cart…

      2. And look how that worked out – thousands killed by big fish attacks.

      3. Brody was in thrall to Big Halls Vapor Rub the entire time. jeez follow the money.

      4. And look what happened. If they’d had a more militant police chief, that shark would’ve gone elsewhere looking for food.

    3. I stop scrolling once the comments start discussing the actual article.

  3. The report added that Julie Mall was “agitated and loud” and “interfering with street and pedestrian traffic.”

    Ah yes. Magical words that appear on police reports because they correspond with statue, but rarely with reality.

    1. What would be nice in these cases where the behavior necessary to constitute a crime is utterly subjective is to require the police to obtain video evidence of the behavior prior to making the arrest.

      1. Instead of body cams maybe they could be issued club-cams? LEO’s would call them their Rodney K Club-Cams.

    2. She was also “flailing”. That’s a word that comes up alot in police reports; suspects are always “flailing ” their arms.

      1. To be fair, i’d flail too, if a roided-up donut addict had his knee in my kidneys.

    3. The standard should be film or it didn’t happen. Some of the most dishonest pricks I’ve had the misfortune of knowing became police officers.

      1. My understanding is they only started lying in their reports since the invention of cell phone videos. Before that, pure as the driven snow.

    4. I know that very few true Simpsons fans watch what the show has become now, but last night’s season finale was all about the free-range kids issue. Marge gets arrested after Bart goes to the playground on his own, and some nosy mom at the park calls the cops after finding out that he’s there unsupervised.

      All that was missing was a guest appearance by Lenore Skenazy!

      One good bit was Marge telling the judge something many of us have commented — how when she was young, all the kids played unsupervised all day, and her mother would just tell her to be home before dark. Then they show Marge’s elderly mother being handcuffed for allowing this forty years ago.

    5. I’m a fat fuck with a loud voice, I guess that’s against the law in bald snatch NC

  4. Hassling tourists over BS like this is not a smart thing if you have a local economy based on tourism. They’re going to find that out real quickly when people start cancelling their reservations, not making them, etc.

    1. I doubt it. People assume that it was a bad-apple cop, and/or that they won’t do anything wrong so they don’t have anything to worry about. They don’t understand that more cops are bad-apples than not, and you don’t have to be doing anything wrong to get their attention.

      1. Maybe, but I disagree. I love Bald Head Island and been there several times in the last decade. I honestly didn’t know they had a police force at all – why would they need one, was the first question that came to mind.

        Then the comments from the city on this matter have all been, “he followed procedure… blah blah blah” that tells me that its a systemic problem (even before I google searched Bald Head Island Police and discovered they have regular controversies). There are plenty of other islands to go with that don’t encourage this sort of behavior. Jekyll Island is a great alternative. I’ve been there more often than Bald Head Island, and the only police I’ve ever seen was a trooper who lived on the island and has since moved away.

        1. My two thoughts:

          1). They will lose money off their jack assery in an Google friendly world.

          2). After reading comments about Officer Nero being wrongly found innocent because police only abuse their power with minorities … Why did they show a picture of a white chick?

    2. I’m considering reserving there then cancelling on the last day to do so penalty free and telling them the incident is the reason.

      But I agree with you about the majority. People never believe it until it happens to them. And even then some people manage to go full cognitive dissonance and choose to believe that they really deserved it.

      1. Here in New Hampshire, officer Steven Coco committed hit and run, and was initially charged with a misdemeanor. One of the mothers of a boy that Coco ran over said this “gives the appearance” of a double standard. Reality was smacking her in the face and she still couldn’t flat out say it IS a double standard.

        1. Here in New Hampshire, officer Steven Coco committed hit and run, and was initially charged with a misdemeanor. One of the mothers of a boy that Coco ran over said this “gives the appearance” of a double standard. Reality was smacking her in the face and she still couldn’t flat out say it IS a double standard

          The euphemisms of state power have penetrated her very soul. Me personally, I wouldn’t be able to be quoted by the newspaper in the first place because after redacting all the expletives, death threats and incitements to revolt there’d be nothing left to print.

    3. They’re going to find that out real quickly when people start cancelling their reservations, not making them, etc.

      These cops are entrepreneurs and business owners? Sorry, but they get paid with taxes. Those taxes and the formal as well as informal immunities they enjoy insulate them from the occasional mood swings of a peasantry that by and large never seems to learn their lessons about government power.

    4. people will cancel only if they read Reason because you won’t read about this any where else and thats a part of the problem.

  5. *Makes note to avoid vacationing in North Carolina*

    1. You know who else avoided vacationing in that state?

      1. Abraham Lincoln?

      2. Chili Davis?

      3. trannies?

      4. Everyone?

  6. In all truthfulness, when I see an article like this, I am almost always skeptical of the police. Unfortunately, this is not one of those instances. I saw the $1,000/night cottage, and my thoughts instantly went to “affluent teen” and Johnny Manziel. No one should be vilified based on how much money they have (whether earned or inherited), but it is becoming much more common, IMHO, that people of wealth truly feel that they are above the law.

    1. Yeah, bitch had it coming for failing to show proper respect, amirite?

    2. Fuckin’ a….everyone knows only police are above the law.

    3. The class of people who ARE above the law (what remains of the rule of law) is indeed getting bigger.

    4. ” I saw the $1,000/night cottage, and my thoughts instantly went to “affluent teen” and Johnny Manziel”

      Yeah, and whenever I see a black guy get beaten by the cops, my thoughts immediately go to Mobutu Sese Seko. Since they’re the same race as an African dictator, I just assume they all had it coming completely without regard for the individual circumstances. That’s why I think Tamir Rice had it coming – he shared a race with random black people who did something wrong, so his twelve year old ass deserved to get gunned down. /sarc

      It’s possible this story is not being reported accurately and the cops didn’t do anything wrong, but the argument that you believe the cops entirely because of shallow shit like how much money the family has is ridiculous.

      1. [waits for shock to wear off, stands and applauds]

        1. It’s Irish, don’t be fooled by the sarc tag.

      2. I agree, surprised you felt you needed the sarc tag though.

        1. Irish is a well-known racist of the highest order. He thinks the KKK are half-assed race traitors.

          1. They let women in and I don’t want no broad tripping over her skirt when I’m trying to light a cross on fire.

            Fucking poseurs.

    5. The wealthy (and I am far from destitute) are the driest husks of human flesh known. Their rampant penchant for parameters overflow the dreams of dictators, which coincidentally, are staggeringly wealthy also. Capitalism has vaunted conceptual richness correctly while tragically erasing important critiques of the rich themselves.

      1. Jesus Christ, AC isn’t stoned, he’s a fucking humanities professor!

      2. *marvels at the rare, midday sighting of the elusive AC*

        1. It’s the El Nino weather patterns messing with his natural rhythms.

    6. Been in a hotel lately? Three adults, two kids, and a big dog can push an average night well into three figures, even if the stay doesn’t include meals and other amenities often provided at resorts.

      1. The dog is questionable and I definitely don’t approve of the kids. So wrong.

    7. Those people were RICH! They must have been guilty of something!

    8. The mom, Julie Mall, was on vacation with her husband, son, 9-year-old daughter, 22-year-old niece, and their golden retriever…

      So you think $1000 a night for accommodations for 5 people and a large dog is expensive? And hints that the lady is spoiled?

      1. “So you think $1000 a night for accommodations for 5 people and a large dog is expensive? ”

        It is, his post is stupid, but that isn’t the reason why.

        I just stayed on a yacht in the Italian Mediterranean. It was nowhere near 1000 a night. Hell, it wasnt third of that. Save that nonsense.

    9. These two examples that have no connection to this incident have totally changed my world view! Police are honest public servants, and you’re not a fucking idiot at all!

    10. Wealthy adult that has never had a negative interaction with law enforcement expects a law enforcement officer to treat her with dignity and respect. Gets the lesson the underclass has learned at a young age. EQUALITY!

  7. Praise the laws. Worship the order. Embrace your slob lords.

    God fucking bless the zealous foisting of righteous fury on those who veer and god bless the motherfucking USA for her horizon-breaking containment causeways snaking through the million villages erected under the flaming welds of restriction, safety, and security.

    Flexibility must have its throat slit and the blood of its jerking desperations splashed against the deviant muntins.

    Cut elastic society into pieces and pour these remnants into the stones of prisons.

    1. I’d like to thank Agile for saying what I know we were all thinking.

      1. *nods numbly*

    2. I learned a new word: muntin!

      1. Added with callipygian…thank Kristen and AC for improving my vocabulary.

  8. Everybody Sing Along . . . The Process is the Punishment.

  9. I spend a week each summer on Bald Head Island (such is the price for familial bliss). It’s a wealthy place where golf carts are the only motorized method of transportation allowed. I think Bill Cowher has a place on the island.

    Predictably, I’m sure the cops are bored as hell. And, per Steve Sturm’s comment, there are quite a few more than 168 people on the island during peak tourist season. There’s a lot of stupid in this article, including this:

    “When it arrived, she says she was led aboard barefoot ? she lost her flip-flops in the struggle ? for the trip to Southport. Waiting passengers were told they would have to wait for the next boat because a prisoner was being transported.”

    Those ferries are huge, and have both a covered, below-deck area and an above-deck area, covered and uncovered. That’s just inconvenience for the sake of stupidity. I’m sure rules were followed, though.

    1. But is it actually true that a driving license is required to operate them, even on what’s described as a “path” that apparently was parallel to an actual road?

      1. Even the Google camera car hasn’t been there, I see. But they do have a panorama from the base of Old Baldy Lighthouse that caught one of the golf carts. Yep, it’s a golf cart. Looks like a stock job that I can hardly imagine needing a driver license for. And aren’t all the streets private anyway?

        Well, at least now we know why it’s called Cape Fear.

        1. Lots of panorams on/near both the Intracoastal & Atlantic beaches, by several photogs in various seasons. Pretty! Like a somewhat more upscale & modern Breezy Point before the storm & fire.

  10. She returned for her trial on Aug. 20, but Officer Hunter did not appear. The trial was rescheduled for Oct. 2, and again Hunter did not appear. “Without a witness, the state dismissed the case,” according to the Observer.

    This is, perhaps, the most annoying part to me. What would have happened to her if she had just not appeared on these dates? The process is the punishment of course.

    This is one thing that really needs to be addressed in any criminal justice reform package. A trial date should be set in stone. If the court doesn’t have resources to meet that date then the case should be dismissed and the accused should be informed of dismissal at least a week in advance. If the officer doesn’t show up on court date then the officer should be found in contempt and should get his own court date to worry about.

    1. ^This, this, a thousand times this.

    2. If the officer doesn’t show up on court date then the officer should be found in contempt and should get his own court date to worry about.

      A warrant and a court date, just like anyone else. Then when he shows up for work, they slap on the cuffs and drag him away, just like anyone else.

      I know it will never happen, but a man’s got to have dreams, right?

      1. The rules do not apply to the King’s Men.

      2. Sometimes dreams are all you have….

        I’ll just add that nothing gives away the cozy relationship between judges and cops than the fact that cops routinely skip court and judge’s rarely seem to get upset over it.

    3. If the officer doesn’t show up on court date then the officer should be found in contempt and should get his own court date to worry about.

      At the very least, if you can’t show up in court, you’d think someone actually cleaning up the streets would want video/audiotape of what happened to be readily available.

      You bust Jack the Ripper and get hit by a bus a week later, the taxpayers/victims deserve to have something other than your lack of testimony and/or paperwork to convict him on.

  11. I for one, salute these brave heroes for keeping this golf cart menace at bay. Clearly, this family is a threat to national security, send them to Guantanamo!

  12. The dude that commented, “I’m sure the truth is somewhere in the middle..” is likely right.

  13. “Same was physically assaultive and required me to initiate ground control to secure her custody.”

    Ground control to Major Mall?

  14. Also, why do you need a driver’s licence to drive a damn golf cart? There’s no indication the kid was driving recklessly.

    1. Those three felonies a day don’t legislate themselves.

    2. I”m going to guess that a liability insurance requirement.

      1. Ah, yeah. I didn’t think about that. Still isn’t something that needs five cops.

    3. Because respect our authoritah!

      The family should go to Bass Island for their next drunken golf cart tour, no one will bother them, everyone else is doing the same thing.

    4. Because people have died falling off those golf carts. They died! You’re lucky they haven’t banned them in favor of island-wide mass transit.

    5. Even more odd is that you don’t need a driver license to ride a moped in NC – which is gas powered, goes faster, has two wheels, and more dangerous than a golf cart in nearly every way.

      The NC golf cart law is probably similar to the SC law – you only have to have a DL to drive it on the roadway. On private property you don’t have to have a DL to drive a car. A lot of BHI roads are mostly dirt paths that probably don’t qualify as roadways, so he may have been off on his b.s. legal pretense too.

  15. RE: Cops Arrest, Attack Mom Who Let 11-Year-Old Son Drive Golf Cart
    Charged with child abuse

    A North Carolina mom who let her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart on a vacation island for about 30 seconds was arrested, wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, and frog-marched onto a ferry to the police station, where she was jailed in leg irons and charged with child abuse.

    Is it me or are the cops in Amerika getting more trigger-happy and violent, especially when it comes to chickenshit offenses committed by the very people that pay their salaries?
    It’s stories like these that demonstrate that our beloved country is running quickly toward a nanny police state and everyone is guilty until proven innocent.

    1. well… yeah. Just look at what they do on college campuses

    2. Is it me or are the cops in Amerika getting more trigger-happy and violent

      It’s a toxic combination of zero tolerance for non-compliance and zero tolerance for anything that might possibly be perceived as something that could jeopardize officer safety. Put those two together and it’s the perfect mix for authoritarian assholes to initiate violence for any or no reason. All they have to do is say that the subject was non-compliant and/or that they felt that their safety was in peril, and anything goes.

    3. and everyone is guilty until proven innocent.

      Not everyone. Cops are innocent until proven innocent.

      1. I stand corrected.

        1. I think the correct expression is that, “Cops are presumed innocent until acquitted in a court of law.”

    4. They’re just lucky that these fine officers who are only protecting the children, didn’t fill that golf cart full of lead. Maybe they didn’t have a dog, lucky them.

      1. THEY DID HAVE A DOG!

        IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

  16. How idiotic. Don’t cops have anything better to do?

    1. On Bald Head Island? No.

  17. Some thoughts:

    1) The only part of the officer’s story I believe is that she was a little inebriated. But so the fuck what? Which leads me to…

    2) An 11 year old can drive a golf cart just fine. She did the right thing by having him drive her, if she thought she couldn’t. Again, so the fuck what?

    3) I agree with “some guy” above. They should have one shot at a trial, and if the cop doesn’t show up for something he initiated he should at the very least be fined.

    4) I get the feeling, like with most of these things, the cop was just bored. I have a cop friend (I know, I know, that’s a sin around here) who tells me all the time how utterly boring his job is, and he lives in a major city with plenty of real crimes. Places like in this story ought to have a sheriff and a deputy and that’s it. They don’t need a whole squad of people.

    1. The boredom is a real thing. I’ve got cop friends, and they mostly just tool around looking for stuff to poke their noses into. Shit, half the time they just give drunks rides home, pull people over (typically for good reasons, but sometimes just for driving “weird” or dickish), and hang out in the “what kind of doughnuts did you get” formation. That’s the one where two squad cars are stopped with the driver sides facing each other.

      1. Our tax dollars wisely spent.

    2. Bored?! The cops draw a tour (Or career!) in a goddamn vacation spot! A place where the opposite sex is frequently seen in swimsuits! Where, with creativity regarding clocking in at points, you can spend the day ocean fishing! Give directions to people who are always in a good mood, because they’re vacationing too!

      The only type of job that sounded as attractive as that for the working conditions was when I was part of a group being recruited to be refreshment vendors at Yankee Stadium.

  18. “immediately observed them both to be intoxicated”?a fact the Malls dispute.

    ALLEGATION. It’s an allegation the Malls dispute. And given the fact that it was made by a dirty pig, my senses tell me there’s a near-zero chance it’s a “fact”.

  19. So this time the cop-ologists are going to have to show (a) that their porcine pals behaved appropriately despite (b) the cop twice being a no-show when he had the chance to prove his case in court. Result-charges dismissed.

    “Yeah, man, he overslept that day, but if he’d made it into court his testimony would have been devastating!”

    How about this: If you can’t be bothered to show up in court to back up your accusations, I’m going to assume the accusations are BS.

    Bear in mind the cops were the ones who summoned her into court to answer various charges, then they decided they couldn’t be bothered to prove what they’d alleged.

    1. But that won’t stop them from taking to the Internet to make the case they falsely promised they’d make in a court of law.

  20. We need common-sense attack mom regulation.

    1. You laugh, but, this could have been much, much worse.

      /I mean, look at that thing!!

  21. The police department report says that after Officer James Hunter pulled over the cart, he identified himself to the Malls and “immediately observed them both to be intoxicated”?a fact the Malls dispute. The police did not conduct any intoxication tests.

    The lack of anything other than anecdotal evidence allows them to assert the perps were drunk. The subjects also appeared to have stolen items on their person, however police did not attempt to match belongings to any reported robberies.

    1. …and yet they let the supposedly intoxicated husband drive the golf cart Off!

  22. Mall says after the sobbing children left, she told the officer she was angry that he had upset them unnecessarily. “I said, ‘You ought to be ashamed of yourself,’ and I stuck my finger in his face.”

    How is this woman still alive?

    1. No dog.

      1. There was totally a golden retriever named Rocket with them.

        And he’s alive today.

        I know, I can’t comprehend it either.

        Any other breed … it would be filled with lead.

    2. She should have realized that, like courage, guilt, or mercy, cops are incapable of feeling shame.

  23. The American ratio is one cop for every 300 people so this island should only employ half a cop.

    1. The terrorists will win.

    2. Det. Babylegs

  24. Where’s Tulpa/AM/other assorted copsuckers to tell us the only credible telling of events is the cops’? Surely we wouldn’t accept the word of one uppity peasant who had the temerity to piss off a uniformed hero. They didn’t even beat her like she deserved! She should have thanked them for their magnanimity.

    1. Hanging out down thread with Dunphy.

  25. Down thread, there is a total troll infestation. I’m not sure what has set this off. We have Dunphy, Tulpa and maybe 3 sock puppets for each of them.

    1. Tulpa must be off his meds today. Someone get him some Lithium, quick!

    2. All hail the Troll God Tulpa. *chants that weird gregorian shit

      1. I’ve admired Tulpa’s consistent commitment to derp. It takes talent to be that dumb.

        1. AddictionMyth is officially outed as the latest incarnation. It is some special shit, let me tell you.

          1. Yeah, I noted that. It shouldn’t have taken this long to realize it. I’m slow.

          2. This one is more Tulpa than Tulpa:

            The Brakeless MAGA Train

            1. True. I forgot about the Brakeless one ’cause it got shifted into my brain’s automatic Ignore filter well before it started blatantly tulping all over the place.

    3. Dulpa/Tunphy: “Blerg! Cop got away with murder, yay!” [jacks furiously]

  26. According to Mark Washburn in The Charlotte Observer, “Mall says there is no question she was wrong.” No one is allowed to drive a golf cart without a drivers’ license.

    No, she wasn’t fucking wrong. OK, maybe by the strict letter of the law, which apparently requires a DL to operate a golf cart in NC (which I’ve never heard of anywhere else), but an 11 year old should absolutely be able to handle driving a golf cart. I know I could at that age, as I did on several occasions. Good thing a cop didn’t see me.

    1. Be reasonable, man, those golf carts can reach a terrifying top speed of 5 mph!

    2. No proportionality or discretion allowed. See a minor violation of the law? Better treat that cunt like a fucking murderer. She objects to a pants-shitting, wife-beating, tax-filching “civil servant” treating her like a peasant? DIAL IT UP TO ELEVEN, HOMBRE. No, fuck you and your caste of warrior-priests, you are not the law, you are merely custodians.

    3. When I was 11 I drove my grandfathers Ford F150 pickup truck and a lot of different farm machinery, and dirt bikes, all of which were slightly more dangerous than a golf cart. No one cared, including the cops.

    4. That jumped out at me as well, but it occurred to me that perhaps it is the policy of the owners of the carts.

      1. In which case why would it even be a law enforcement matter?

        1. Every matter is a matter of law enforcement as long as they can find some tissue-thin rationale to justify popping a motorist a few times in the face, choking him out, torturing him with a taser/pepper spray/baton, breaking a few ribs, or straight-up murdering a motherfucker.

        2. It looks like it’s a city ordinance, in which case it is a legit law enforcement issue (on par with littering and jaywalking and riding a bicycle without a helmet).

          1. Ah. Which I guess is why they had to make up some bullshit to arrest her on.

    5. No one is allowed to drive a golf cart without a drivers’ license.

      One of my first jobs (12) was working at a golf club, and part of the gig (“bag-room boy”) was sweeping the area for carts at the end of the day and driving them all back to the garage and setting them up to get charged overnight.

      Usually after the rounds were done, we’d stealborrow one and go toodling all over the neighborhood. We’d drive it down to the corner store and back. we’d try and do donuts on oil-spots in the parking lots. No one suggested there was a problem until *after* we wrecked one.

      When did they start requiring DL’s to drive a freaking electric cart? particularly on (in this case, what sounds like) private grounds?

      1. It appears to be a city ordinance.

        1. but was this law made known to the Malls when they signed out the golf cart? or any of the regulations/laws regarding golf cart use on the island?

        2. They list all the bad things that can happen while driving a golf cart. OK, I’ll accept that they’re not perfectly safe. How many of those accidents occurred with a licensed driver vs an unlicensed one? If licensed drivers don’t wreck their carts at a lower rate than unlicensed, what does it prove to have a license? (other than one has passed a test to drive a CAR)

    6. Most farm kids on the prairies were driving F350s and half-million Massey Fergusons at 11.

      1. Sorry. Just saw Hyperion’s comment about his experiences driving on the farm. Didn’t mean to repeat.

  27. The intoxication charge would have been thrown out anyway since they never even tried to do a test. I’m pretty sure that ‘intoxicated behavior’ is not a thing. Oh well, cowardly cop got his thrills by beating up a little woman and terrorizing some kids. Officer made it home safely, that’s all that matters, right?

    I’m glad that Reason reports on these stories since the MSM will not touch them unless it’s only to put a pro-cop spin on them. No spin, no story. Trouble is, Reason has a small readership, so the vast majority of people never hear about these things. When I’ve told acquaintances that these type things happen almost daily, they don’t believe me and don’t care to check. Because the person HAD TO be doing something wrong.

    1. I’m pretty sure that ‘intoxicated behavior’ is not a thing.

      I’ll bet that it is indeed a thing that is defined in statute to give the police reasonable suspicion to attempt to ruin someone’s day. Not only that, but it is likely defined with specific phrases that end up in police reports routinely simply because the words appear in statute, though their relationship to reality is likely questionable. For example every single DUI police report will include the words “eyes were red and bloody,” “slurred speech” and the like, regardless of if the words describe the person in question. Because those words are in statute and help to ensure a conviction.

    2. As recently as a couple of years ago when I’d re-post this kind of stuff on my (since defunct) FB page people thought I was a conspiracy theorist.
      Since then it has become somewhat more mainstream to see MS stories about cops pounding the shit out of people. Not unusual to see such stories in the Globe and Mail.

  28. Bolivia, NC?

    There’s your problem, right there.

  29. I always wonder how many cops work their shift ‘intoxicated’

    1. Does “intoxicated” include steroids or other things that would get you banned from sports? Because then it’s around 98+%.

      1. Not including Drunk on Power

        1. drink a monster energy drink, beat down some women and shoot a few family pets, protect and serve!

    2. Drunk on power and adrenaline and a love of beating civvies. And amphetamines, probably.

      1. Probably a fair number are drunk too.

        1. I doubt that many drink on the job. After work I’m sure they get loaded with their buddies as they brag about the lamentations of the women and such, but not on the job. I’m sure that’s one of the few things that may actually get them fired. Or at least put on medical leave (alcoholism is a disability, you know).

  30. Just another asshole abusing his power. What else is new?

  31. Witholding judgment on this story until someone’s able to provide a pic (or 2) of this alleged “22 year-old niece”.

  32. In Peachtree city Georgia, bike paths run everywhere. People have golf carts for transportation. At 12, you can drive a cart around with anyone above 16 (licensed). Or at least that was the case less than a decade ago, when I lived there. At 14, I could drive by myself. Kids drove them to school.

  33. A North Carolina mom who let her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart on a vacation island for about 30 seconds was arrested, wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, and frog-marched onto a ferry to the police station, where she was jailed in leg irons and charged with child abuse.

    The mom, Julie Mall, was on vacation with her husband, son, 9-year-old daughter, 22-year-old niece, and their golden retriever, staying at a $1000/night cottage on Bald Head Island. On the evening in question, last July 26, they were riding on a paved path at dusk when the cart was pulled over by an officer.

    When I was 11, I was driving my family’s riding mower around the yard to cut grass. I wonder how the cops would react to that.


    According to Mark Washburn in The Charlotte Observer, “Mall says there is no question she was wrong.” No one is allowed to drive a golf cart without a drivers’ license. But what happened next is in dispute.

    A driver’s license for a gold cart? Seriously?

    1. When I was 11, I was driving my family’s riding mower around the yard to cut grass. I wonder how the cops would react to that.

      Terrorist Threat from Road Warrior Vehicle with Whirling Machetes Ended by Police Weapon Fire

    2. Not just me, but I could intro you to several men who drove combine harvesters ($250000+ tractors) at 12.

  34. “a gaggle of officers”

    “Gaggle” refers to a group of geese.

    The correct word for a group of armed civilian officers of the state is “sounder”, as in “a sounder of swine”.

    1. I’ve been thinking its an “immunity” of officers.

      1. I’m gonna try to remember that. It’s the best word yet for a group of king’s men .

  35. Would if she were less violent.

  36. Unfortunately this woman committed a very serious crime, lack of deference to a cop. She is lucky that she wasn’t seriously injured or worse for that. The worst places to commit that crime are usually the ones that have the least crime.

    But seriously, we have really gotten so horrible so quickly in this country on stupid shit like this. In the early 90’s I drove around range carts for work on a nearby golf course from age 13 to 15. An 11 year old should not be a big issue driving one.

    1. Unfortunately this woman committed a very serious crime, lack of deference to a cop.

      You WILL Respect Mah AUTHORITAH!

  37. I’m shocked the cops didn’t unload a few rounds on the golden retriever, those damn dogs are cop killers!

  38. Yeah, so, you might want to look into the politics of the alleged “victim” here Lenore. This is a woman who once argued pretty forcefully that homeschooling is akin to abuse because it denies children “socialization,” and that owning a gun is akin to abuse, because kids could get hurt, and that it’s right that the gov’t make doctors ask if you have guns in the home, and that Obamacare is a good idea because people don’t know what’s best for them (if they refuse to buy insurance), and not only did she campaign for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, she is about as hard-core devoted to progressive BIG GOV’t ideals as anyone I have ever met in my LIFE.

    She’s eating up this attention now, but she’s a person who has pushed for this kind of gov’t bullying of the rest of us in just about every aspect of our lives. You’ll excuse me if I get a little schadenfreude out of her “plight” as she now comes face-to-face with the big bullying hand of gov’t she has supported for so long.

    A libertarian she is NOT.

    Does that mean they should have done what they did? Truthfully? None of us knows, we weren’t there.

    1. I wasn’t there at the Moon Landing either. Or the Kennedy Assassination.

      Did they really happen? None of us knows, we weren’t there.

      Hey, I’m just asking questions.

    2. Where did you learn these things about Julie Mall?

    3. I personally don’t care whether it was Annie Coulter or Lizzie Warden, the cop was out of line.

      If it was my hot-tempered cajun wife, there probably would have been blood spilled. In her younger days, I would have given 3:1 odds of her taking the cop, but she’s almost 60 so even odds would be the best offer.

  39. Oh, p.s., maybe the law is the law because of things like this:
    http://www.lawyershop.com/2005…..ilds-death

    Oh and p.s., I HIGHLY doubt she didn’t know about the law:
    http://villagebhi.org/governme…..index.html

    1. How long have you been licking cops’ balls?

  40. Wait. This is a resort, right? You want vacationers to spend money, right? But they can’t drink and they have to know and follow all local laws to the letter or be body slammed, cuffed, and arrested? This is your economic model? You don’t just give them a warning, say the kid is too young to operate a golf cart, and let them go on their way? And what’s with the 1 in 7 police ratio? So if you’re in a bar, say, with 200 people, there’ll be 3 uniform cops floating around? Really? Enjoy your visit, citizen!

    1. Try about 25-30 cops for 200 people in a bar.

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  47. This is all part of NC’s attempt to abuse more whites by the police. In the past 6 months we shot a white man for demanding a search warrant at 3:40 AM, broke the hip and femur of a 67 yo ex-special forces veteran who called for medical help because he was dizzy because his insulin was off, and that was just one dedicated deputy. Now we have them smacking down a crazy women that get so drunk she has to be driven home by the first 11 yo boy she sees.

    God bless our protective cops.
    As a result of this work, they can now go after those all those annoying n*ggers.

    I’m not ashamed to admit it, I can’t stand naggers. They really annoy me with their bitching and whining.

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwrUkeYxUF0)

    1. satire or retard?
      Not clear.

  48. the oversize police department is a good indication they exist by writing lots of tickets for anything and everything.
    I would think the golf cart was being operated on private property,not public roadways,and thus no need for a drivers license to operate it. But the mom was wrong to resist arrest,and to point her finger in the officer’s face. That’s just asking for trouble.

  49. the officer was probably worried that if he took time off to go to court, the island would not have enough police protection.

  50. I grew up in a suburban borough of 2800 with one full-time officer (the chief) and four or five part-timers.

  51. My last traffic citation, maybe five years ago, was for an expired inspection sticker that they discovered at a sobriety check point (where they immediately discovered I was sober). I scheduled a hearing with the district magistrate to fight it, as I believed a check point was not an excuse for a fishing expedition. The first time the officer failed to show, it was dismissed.

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    Address them as god or risk tasing
    Act like they are really smart
    Do not attempt rational conversation or coherent thought
    Prepare to get tased
    Kiss your dog goodbye
    Bend over
    Give them your money. We are only a decade away from having to payoff cops on the street like in Portugal

  53. The proper response is to never go to Bald Head Prison, or whatever that ”resort” is called.

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