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The Knuckleheads of the Day award

Today's winners are Marianna Louisa Kittila and Brianna Lynne Tatom. They get the award for the following-

Police arrested two women on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment Friday, Feb. 6, after they allegedly kidnapped a 28-year-old woman from the Meridian Street Wal-Mart and dropped her off at a U.S. Border Patrol station, hoping she would be deported.

Marianna Louisa Kittila, 24 and Brianna Lynne Tatom, 20, forced the 28-year-old woman, whom they believed was in the U.S. illegally, into a car outside of Wal-Mart about 8:40 p.m., said Bellingham Police Sgt. Carr Lanham. How Kittila and Tatom were able to force the victim into the car is unclear, he said.

Kittila and Tatom drove the victim to a U.S. Border Patrol station on McLeod Road. One of the women used a cell phone to inform agents inside the station that they were dropping off the victim. Agents met the three woman when they arrived, Lanham said. "

These two Nobel prize winners didn't consider they were breaking the law by what they did. Note- this article and AP's version makes no mention whether the woman kidnapped was really illegal or not.(May I add the general public, some Wizbang readers, bloggers, and at least one columnist have trouble differentiating between the two. If these two weren't smart enough to know this was kidnapping, do you really think they can tell the difference between legal and illegal?) It doesn't matter, and I name Marianna Louisa Kittila and Brianna Lynne Tatom today's Knuckleheads of the Day.


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Comments (6)

Unless their lives were in ... (Below threshold)

Unless their lives were in danger from the woman (which they were not), they had no right to do anything to her or with her, other than make a phone call questioning her status.

Wow, why would someone do t... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Wow, why would someone do that. Even if they had known the woman was illegal they still cannot kidnap her.

-Jake

f these two weren'... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:
f these two weren't smart enough to know this was kidnapping, do you really think they can tell the difference between legal and illegal?) It doesn't matter,[...]

Actually, it does matter. If your so-called knuckleheads witnessed the woman committing a felony, they have the right to make a citizen's arrest. Unfortunately, entering the USA illegally is only a misdemeanor for a first-offender. However, repeat offenses are punishable as felonies.

Under some circumstances, it is possible to make a citizen's arrest on someone for illegally entering our country without running afoul of the law oneself.

It looks like it doesn't ha... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

It looks like it doesn't have to be a felony in Washington to make a citizen's arrest, they allow them for misdemeanors as well. Now the women just have to prove that they witnessed the crime, and the incident is not a kidnapping, but a legitimate arrest.

Of course, if the woman they detained was here legally, that will seriously complicate their defense.

While I believe it should b... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

While I believe it should be legal for citizens to arrest illegal aliens, it is not. Or at least not in the circumstances in the story. All this will do is increase sympathy for law breakers, the obvious intent of the article. I agree they are knuckleheads but the politicians who depend on votes from noncitizens are more so.

Let us talk about "Citizen'... (Below threshold)
Codekeyguy Author Profile Page:

Let us talk about "Citizen's Arrest". Any moron who decides to do this deserves whatever happens to him, short of getting killed. Don't go around acting like "Dog the Bounty Hunter". They know what they are doing, what could possibly happen, and what to do if the stuff hits the fan. The odds are in your favor that you will become a "victim", and not an "ego-stroking hero"
rant over




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