Martha Menefield, 82, collects $32,000 for $77 water bill after arrest

Martha Menefield82, opened her door to two Alabama police officers on Nov. 27. Valley Police Department officers were there to arrest her, warrant in hand, on an unpaid $77.80 water bill.

More than 1,000 donations have now been received, exceeding Menefield’s fundraising goal of $25,000. Although she started GoFundMe about four days ago, so it is already raised over $31,900.

“[The water bill] has now been paid but I have incurred expenses with my home and some vision problems and could use some help. Thank God for everyone who wants to help and I appreciate it all. May God bless him,” says Martha’s GoFundMe.

Over the weekend, bodycam footage showed an officer handcuffing a distraught Menefield, who was wearing a short-sleeved purple T-shirt.

Before the arrest, Martha said her daughter would handle the bills, but the police had denied it “She didn’t do it.” Menefield looked at the warrant, opened her phone, and repeatedly expressed confusion. Meanwhile, the officer explained that the city police should have sent her a notification about a month ago. Then the officer told Martha that she had to pay $285 “Get out of the PD or go to the county jail.”

Check out the bodycam footage below:

Trae Tha Truth visits Martha Menefield in Alabama and encourages people to donate

As news of Martha’s arrest spread, Trae Tha Truth visited Martha in Alabama to check on her mood and promise her that she would not live to see this arrest a second time. He encourages people to help Menefield in whatever way they can.

“Took a quick flight and stopped at Mrs. Martha Menefield’s… She will not go through what she went through again. Her energy keeps you in a good mood… We can do our best to make a difference in her life,” Trae wrote.

Martha also sent a thank you, recorded by Trae, to everyone who showed their support. Martha Menefield, 82, collects $32,000 for $77 water bill after arrest

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