Watch moment Alabama police officer started laughing as he arrests 82-year-old woman for not paying her $77 trash bill (video)

Video shows Alabama police officer laughing as he arrests 82-year-old woman for not paying her $77 trash bill

An 82-year-old Alabama woman was arrested last month for failing to pay a $77 trash bill, according to new body-cam footage.

Earlier this month, the arrest sparked outrage, prompting police to say they had no choice but to carry out the warrant and that the woman, Martha Louis Menefield, was “treated respectfully” by officers.

An officer can be heard laughing in the new video when Menefield appears surprised to see police at her door and requests to see the arrest warrant.

“I’m so serious, it’s a warrant,” the officer says. “I’m not joking.” “So you’re going to handcuff me to take me to jail?” Menefield asks, adding: “You’re arresting an 82-year-old woman.”




The officer then apologizes as she is handcuffed, saying,“I’m so sorry, but the law’s the law, Ms. Menefield.”

Local authorities said repeated attempts had been made to contact Menefield about the overdue bill, but when she failed to appear for a court appearance, a warrant was issued. She said her daughter was the one who handled the bills and she had not been aware.

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