Woman, 82, Arrested Over $77 Trash Bill

  • One of the officers who’d come to arrest Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman, for failure to pay a $77 trash bill, told her not to cry.
  • The officer had tapped her on the back, she said. She was already in handcuffs.
  • “Don’t cry, Ms. Martha,” she recalled him saying. “He kind of whispered it to me: ‘Don’t cry.’”
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