Men who attack women are cowards. Men who challenge others over whether they’re entitled to park in a handicapped parking space are annoying prigs with far too much time on their hands. Put them together and you have what happened yesterday in downtown Milwaukee. Right outside of police headquarters.
WISN reports that . . .
Police said Joseph Drier, 59, attacked the woman after arguing that she should not have a handicapped parking placard in her car.
After challenging the woman and being told to buzz off, our civic-minded hero and wanna-be parking monitor, Mr. Drier, returned to his car and grabbed a steering wheel lock from his car…basically a metal club. He then advanced on the un-named woman.
She said Drier swung it at her as she held him off with one hand.
That’s when she reached into her purse and pulled out her handgun.
“I’m screaming for help at the top of my lungs. No one would help me. I was scared. I felt like my life was in danger,” she said.
When seconds count, police are only minutes away…even right outside police HQ.
The woman, who has a concealed carry permit, fended off the attack and shot Drier once in the leg. The sound of the gunshot brought help a-running.
“An FBI agent came out of nowhere and told me, ‘Freeze, FBI, put the weapon down.’ I put it down, he said put my hands up and step away from the weapon, which I did, because I was afraid,” she said.
She was not parked in a handicapped spot and had paid to park.
“I didn’t want to shoot to kill… I felt like I didn’t need to do anything more. All I wanted was help, and that was my help,” she said.
Drier told police he thought she looked too young to have a handicapped placard and was sick and tired of people gaming the system. The woman has reportedly been cleared by police and the district attorney.
Now Drier is facing charges of criminal damage to property with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon and he’ll get his chance to observe how people game the system from the inside.