Palo Alto’s Tunnel of Love and Hate

Caitlin Ann Taylor-Stanford University, Ca
Caitlin Ann Taylor-Stanford University, Ca – Santa Clara County Jail Booking Photo furnished by Google

But you better be careful you just might be arrested. That was the experience of one MADD scientist from all places Stanford University as described in a detailed police report provide by PAPD Lt. Zachary Perron:

Caitlin Ann Taylor (DOB 05-18-1990, female, 5’7” tall, 140 lbs, blonde hair, hazel eyes) was arrested on 09-17-2013 at 7:42 p.m. in the 2400 block of Bryant Street.

She was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on 09-17-2013 at 8:55 p.m. for 148(a)(1) PC (resist arrest) and 243(b) PC (battery on peace officer), both of which are misdemeanors. She was released from custody on 09-18-2013 at 3:48 a.m., and her bail is set at $6000. Her occupation is “scientist.”

It just goes to show and prove that those arrested come from all walks and cyclists of life.

Why the arrest detail? Good question. California civil code allows all media reporting agency’s to do so despite what some may feel as an evasion of privacy. Bottom line, once your arrested, it becomes public record. Here’s the civil code procedure: See: California Government Code & 6254 (f) (1).

Government Code Section 6250-6270

(1) The full name and occupation of every individual arrested by the agency, the individual’s physical description including date of birth, color of eyes and hair, sex, height and weight, the time and date of arrest, the time and date of booking, the location of the arrest, the factual circumstances surrounding the arrest, the amount of bail set, the time and manner of release or the location where the individual is currently being held, and all charges the individual is being held upon, including any outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions and parole or probation holds.

So what’s the problem with Pedestrians vs Cyclists?

According to eyewitnesses, the Palo Alto police have been stationing themselves outside the tunnel of love and hate entrance to catch illegal contraband? No, no Mexican cartel this time.

Walk BikeThe PAPD have been assigned to catch cyclists riding their bikes through the tunnel of love and hate illegally. Although there are no signs posted warning otherwise so whats the Baskin-Robbins problem or scoop?

According to unconfirmed reports, pedestrians have been complaining about cyclists zooming through the tunnel of love and hate at reckless speeds without consideration for their foot-tracking brethren’s safety almost knocking them over on a daily bases all the while they should be walking their bikes as posted.

What’s interesting is that their is no municpale code attached to this sign [a first for Palo Alto] indicating an infraction of the law. What’s up with that Palo Alto? They have an ordinance or law to cover almost everything we do in Palo Alto. You name it, they got it! [PAMC 2.0]

The lack of a PAMC may in fact be a viable defense for this MADD scientist ridding her bike through Palo Alto’s tunnel of love and hate not so friendly bike city, but assaulting a peace officer!

Finding the right solutions

That’s a big no, no. Even in my book, you deserve everything meted out to you by the judge.  Don’t even think about placing your hands on a peace officer under any circumstance.  If you allegedly did, your a real “bonafide” MADD scientist.

Alexander, an avid bike rider BTW from Stanford who declined to provide his last name said that the number of cyclists he’s observed walking their bikes through the tunnel of love and hate out of 100, was 10 percent. That’s MADDing high percentage.

Lin Liu, another Palo Alto Stanford worker, and Earth Science Researcher, said that in the two years of walking through the tunnel of love and hate, putting things in a researchers perceptive formula of 4 riders to 1 walker…

In conversation with the first person interviewed, we both agreed, arresting persons for riding their bikes is not the answer.  Their ‘needs to be a mutual coexistence’.

lane dividerSo we came up with what we beleive to be a lasting solution.  Highway dividers, those relative poles to run right down the center of the tunnel of love and hate.

Cyclists on one side, and pedestrians on the other side. That just might work with the caveat of adding one of Palo Alto’s famous in your face control your life municipal code warnings.

Related story: Now this is worthy of a police chase and the waste of taxpayer dollars

2 Replies to “Palo Alto’s Tunnel of Love and Hate”

  1. Apparently Mr. Petereson-Perez has forgotten the PAPD Pat Down Policy:

    Suppose the officer who detained Ms. Tailor was a male and was foundling her breasts and other private areas? Are you saying Mr. Peterson-Perez that Ms. Tailor would have to sit there and allow a police officer to sexually assault her ala Luis Verbera simply because he is an officer?

    I would counter Mr. Peterson-Perez’s assertion that a citizen is to never place his/her hands on an officer, if an officer is acting outside his/her lawful duties and is committing a crime, an unlwful physical injury to a citizen a citizen has the right to prevent that harm from happening to them.

    Additonally if said officer is beating the citizen to death even though citizen is not resisting the citizen will have no means to seek restitution for the harm caused from the grave and therefor out of necessity must defend ones-self.

    Penal Code 243 battery on a police officer:
    Penal Code 243 battery on a police officer prohibits exactly that — unlawfully touching an officer. If an officer uses unreasonable or excessive force against you or unlawfully arrests you, you are entitled reasonably to protect yourself without being punished for this offense.

    California self-defense law will even protect you as a prisoner if a correctional officer uses unreasonable or excessive force against you, so long as you only use reasonable force to protect yourself.

    People v. Coleman, (1978) 84 Cal.App.3d 1016, 1022. (“Where such an officer is making a lawful escort, if the inmate being escorted has knowledge, or by the exercise of reasonable care should have knowledge, that he is being escorted by a correctional officer, it is the duty of such inmate to refrain from using force or any weapon to resist such escort unless unreasonable or excessive force is being used to make the escort…If an officer does use unreasonable or excessive force in making an escort, the person being escorted may lawfully use reasonable force to protect himself [in self-defense].”)

    CA PC 692. Lawful resistance to the commission of a public offense may be made:

    1. By the party about to be injured;
    2. By other parties.

    CA PC 693. Resistance sufficient to prevent the offense may be made by
    the party about to be injured:

    1. To prevent an offense against his person, or his family, or some member thereof.

    2. To prevent an illegal attempt by force to take or injure property in his lawful possession.

    CA PC 694. Any other person, in aid or defense of the person about to be injured, may make resistance sufficient to prevent the offense.

    1. I appreciate your comments Mr. Chase, but we can’t assume all police officers are sexual predators nor should we imply they are. That reasoning, would be absurd….Furthermore, in the future, please comment on the topic if, and all possible….rather then police abuse which was NOT our focus…

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