14 09 2007

Continuing, the discussion of discrimination in the life of Glenn Allen Nolen, it may be best to proceed with documentation of prior bad acts by local Texas law enforcement.

Arrest:

4 June 1987 – Arlington Texas – Failure to Display Driver’s License

This protest and arrest by the Arlington Texas Police Department was not without consequences. In Texas, any police officer can invoke his or her right to have a driver’s license file reviewed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Medical Advisory Board.

Texas Department of Public Safety

9 June 1987

“Dear Mr. Nolen:

We have reviewed your driver license file, and in order to establish your eligibility for a license, we must have a report concerning your current medical condition. Your case is therefore, being resubmitted to the Medical Advisory Board for Driver Licensing for evaluation.

You will receive medical forms with instructions from the Department of Health. Your prompt compliance in returning the medical forms within the allotted 20 days will avoid any delay in the issuance of your driver license or action being initiated against your driving privilege….

Sincerely yours,

Vernon Cole, Manager

Driver Improvement and Control”

The above letter mentions that no American has an invoked right to drive and it is commonly referred to as a “privilege.” Unfortunately, our entire economy would grind to an immediate halt if driving in the United States of America became a “privilege” or a special benefit for a limited few. Driving in the twentieth century was a necessity for most Americans. And it will remain a necessity in the twenty-first century.

Driving is a basic fundamental obligation in this country. It is a contract made with society to learn to drive in your teenage years in order to become a more productive citizen. It is a right of passage into adulthood. Driving is more akin to the right to vote in the United States: a fundamental civil duty of all Americans.

City of Arlington Texas

13 August 1987

“Dear Mr. Nolen:

Although I sympathize with your situation, I do not feel that the Police Department is intentionally harassing you. Your handicap manifests itself in an unusual manner, and it is my belief that you may be regularly stopped by officers in our traffic division until such time they become aware and convinced that you are capable of driving your car. Rather, than harassment, I view their close monitoring as a genuine concern to keep our streets safe as possible for all drivers…

Sincerely,

Richard E. Greene

Mayor”

The “close monitoring” by officers of the Arlington Texas Police Department continued relentlessly until the day I moved the hell out of Arlington Texas. My hope was that the Americans with Disabilities Act would improve the quality of life for millions of disabled Americans and change attitudes towards people with disability. I cannot see improvement through my eyes. Several years ago, a police officer of the City of McAlester Oklahoma, who was less than half my age, intimated that I should not be out in public by myself.

My travails do not compare, however, to those brave disabled men and women of 11 September 2001 who perished in the twin towers. The tragedy of 11 September 2001, although horrendous, was even more horrendous by the decision to have the disabled wait for evacuation. I applaud those disabled Americans who gave their life that day so that others could live.

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