Dec 3, 2022

82-year-old Alabama woman arrested over $77 trash bill

82-year-old Alabama woman arrested over $77 trash bill

Martha Menefield’s home in Valley, Alabama. (Photo by Lee Hedgepeth)

VALLEY, Ala. (WIAT) – One of the officers who’d come to arrest Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman, for failure to pay a $77 trash bill, told her not to cry. 
The officer had tapped her on the back, Menefield said. She was already in handcuffs. 
“Don’t cry, Ms. Martha,” she recalled him saying. “He kind of whispered it…


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