"They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening"
- George Orwell - 1984

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cold Encounter

Officer Says Man Coughed In His Face

Authorities said Thursday they have charged a man with assault on a government official after an officer said the man coughed into his face during a traffic stop.

Morrisville Officer Chris Gill said in his report that Kent Kauffman looked into his eyes before "hacking" in his face three times.

Kauffman said he did cough from the window of his minivan but did so toward Gill's waist.

"He says I coughed in his face," Kauffman told The News & Observer of Raleigh. "But that would only work if he had a 4-foot-long face."

Kauffman told the paper that Gill cuffed him and threw him into the side of the patrol car.

"It knocked the wind out of me," he said.

Kauffman said he developed a cough after his dog died last week.

Gill pulled Kauffman over Tuesday for not wearing a seat belt.

Kauffman now faces a misdemeanor charge and could spend up to 60 days in jail if he's convicted in a Wake County courtroom.
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