Brickbat: That's Real Abuse


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Bald Head Island, North Carolina, police threw Julie Mall to the ground, one of them put a knee in her back and handcuffed her and they took her to jail where she was held in leg irons. Her crime? She was charged with child abuse and intoxication after she allowed her 11-year-old son to drive the family back to their rented cottage from the beach on a golf cart. Mall and witnesses say she was not intoxicated. Prosecutors dropped charges after the arresting officer failed to show up at two different dates for her trial.