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The arrest of a black doctor and her husband in Mississippi has added to the tensions between white police officers and the black community and has raised questions about the legality of the arrest itself. What began as a routine traffic stop ended with Dr. Marcia Bowden and her husband, Ira Marche, in jail, and Dr. Bowden was even taken to the emergency room during the incident.
How did things escalate so quickly? It's early in the case and there are competing reports from Bowden and the police, but here are a few questions raised by the arrest:1. Was the traffic stop legal? Yes. Dr. Bowden admits her husband was speeding and the police reports indicate Marche was driving 63 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.
Coming on the heels of high profile police shootings of black citizens, and the deaths of black suspects in police custody, it's difficult to view this as a simple disagreement between officers and black suspects. We'll likely have to wait on more details to learn what actually happened in this case. If you feel your rights have been violated during a traffic stop, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today.