Cruel and unusual punishment?
Houston woman sues the police for making her listen to Rush Limbaugh
Do you think that being forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh is grounds for a lawsuit? One Houston resident does — but that torment was just the icing on the cake of her alleged nightmare experience with the police.
In October 2010, Bridget Boyd was commuting to work when her car began to stall and smoke. She pulled onto the shoulder of Beltway 8 and was followed by a Harris County sheriff's deputy, who Boyd assumed would offer help and look at her car. But from there, events took an unexpected turn, according to a lawsuit filed on Boyd's behalf in U.S. District Court.
Instead of assisting the driver with her stalled vehicle, Deputy Mark Goad wrote Boyd a ticket. When she disagreed with the ticket, he handcuffed her, which caused her blood pressure and heart rate to shoot through the roof, the suit alleges. Paramedics picked Boyd up at the site of the stalled vehicle and brought her to the hospital. Deputy Goad followed the ambulance to the hospital.
Boyd was "forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh make derogatory racial remarks about black people through Deputy Goad's radio on her way to jail," according to the court filing.
Once Boyd was released, Deputy Goad placed her under arrest again and conveyed her to his squad car — where Boyd was "forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh make derogatory racial remarks about black people through Deputy Goad's radio on her way to jail."
Boyd spend the night in jail, and was released at 8 a.m. the following day, when the judge dismissed all charges against her due to lack of probable cause.
Now, a year later, Boyd has filed a lawsuit against Harris County and against Deputy Goad, individually and in his official capacity, for a long list of infringements including false arrest, defamation, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery.
Will being forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh qualify as part of that emotional distress once a judge gets the case? Stay tuned.