April 5, 2006
Denise Grier won’t have to pay $100 for her bumpersticker after all.
Grier was pulled over on March 10 by a DeKalb County cop for having the sticker “I’m Tired of All the BUSHIT” on her car. He gave her a ticket for a “lewd decal,” and the price was $100.
She contested it.
On April 4, Judge R. Joy Walker dismissed it, as Joe Johnson reported for the Athens Banner-Herald.
“The ticket should not have been written,” ruled Judge Walker, noting that the Georgia state supreme court had invalidated the “lewd decal” law fifteen years ago.
Grier was not surprised with the outcome.
“I knew it was going to happen,” she tells The Progressive. “It was pretty much a no-brainer. I just didn’t think it would take this long.”
Grier remains dubious of the police officer’s motives for giving her that ticket.
“I’m still of the belief that the police officer pulled me over because of my political beliefs,” she says. “That bumpersticker, in the world of bumperstickers, was very mild, very tame.”
Calling the ticket an “abuse of power,” Grier says she’s contemplating a civil suit.