William West, the Black police officer who arrested a sitting US president

William West, the Black police officer who arrested a sitting US president

- President Grant, who was the 8th president of the US was arrested in 1872 by a Black police officer for overspeeding

- The president was cautioned the previous day by the same police officer named William West but did not change his habit, warranting the arrest

- It is indicated that Grant, together with all other offenders, was sent to the police station and given appropriate charges

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In 1872, Willam H. West, a Black police officer arrested a sitting president named Ulysses S. Grant for overspeeding. Ulysses S. Grant was the eighth president of the United States of America from 1869 to 1877.

According to the washingtonpost.com, the story was firmly confirmed a few years ago by Cathy L. Lanier, who was then the District’s police chief.

Grant was arrested at the corner of 13th and M streets in Washington after he was spotted by Willam West riding his horse too fast.

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Reports indicate that at the time, the police had been receiving numerous reports of people being trampled upon by fast riders and were keen at curbing the menace.

Though the president's offence was not a high crime, it was — at least theoretically speaking — a misdemeanour on which William decided not to compromise.

It is confirmed that the time Grant was arrested was his second moment of speeding too fast as West cautioned him the previous day about the same act.

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“I want to inform you, Mr President, that you are violating the law by speeding along this street. Your fast driving, sir, has set the example for a lot of other gentlemen," said William West.

The man who led the North to victory in the Civil War was busted for speeding in his horse-drawn carriage.

“I am very sorry, Mr President, to have to do it,” William West said, “for you are the chief of the nation, and I am nothing but a policeman, but duty is duty, sir, and I will have to place you under arrest.”

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Later, president Ulysses S. Grant and other people who were also accused of overspeeding went with West to the police station. There, the president of the United States was asked to pay 20 bucks as collateral, which he did.

A trial was held the next day.

Lately, there have been a number of news reports portraying acts of bravery.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Jennifer Attakumah, a 29-year-old woman who was kidnapped in Tamale on December 11 has been found after she escaped the kidnap house.

It was reported that the lady was found in at Tongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana, one week after she was kidnapped.

According to the lady, she was kidnapped when she boarded a tricycle but was sprayed with a substance, gagged and blindfolded. She went on to narrate the entire experience.

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