In October, Massachusetts resident Rorie Woods unleashed a swarm of bees on police officers, and in some circles, she’s been heralded as a hero. As a member of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending, Woods has fought for years against the foreclosure of her homes, reports New York Magazine.
She believed she and others in the group had been victims of unlawful foreclosure, and on the morning of her bee-related crime, Woods’ friend, Alton King Jr., was about to be evicted from his home. King had been at a courthouse, asking a judge for a stay, as law enforcement gathered at his home to carry out the eviction. Woods was on the scene and started shaking boxes of bees she had in the back of her SUV. Her intention was to agitate the bees and unleash them on the officers. Activists nearby who were protesting King’s eviction cheered her on. Woods, who protected herself with a beekeeper suit, reportedly expressed pleasure when an officer said he was allergic.
A shocked official at the sheriff’s department said this crime had no precedent in his career. Of course, the officers were only there to do their jobs, and the bee stunt only delayed the inevitable. As reported by MassLive, Woods was charged with four counts of battery and assault, and three counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon. She pled not guilty and was released without bail.