Black Maria

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Black Maria

a police van for transporting prisoners. The origins of the term remain uncertain. Most favoured is that it is named after a tough coloured boarding-house proprietrix, another after a racehorse of the time.
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PADDY WAGON PERVERT: Sicko Perrie next to the van outside his home.
Afrasiabi told Iran's PressTV the Cambridge police had put him in a paddy wagon for the trip to the court, driven at excessive speed, then jammed on the brakes intentionally so that Afrasiabi's head hit the wall of the wagon, injuring him.
They had just raided two Hispanic bars in an industrial stretch of town and nine detainees now sat in the paddy wagon, hands bound with plastic ties.
After that itAAEs not long before weAAEre in a paddy wagon with George and Lenny Bruce in Chicago at the end of 1962.
And scrawled on the walls is prison slang such as "kanga", which is rhyming slang for screw (from "kangaroo"), "paddy wagon" meaning prison and "pad" - a cell.
Archival color footage shows her marching with migrant workers in California; photographs show her getting hauled away in a paddy wagon in Washington, D.C.
Americans should hope the Justice Department, using information provided by Abramoff, nets a paddy wagon full of crooked pols.
THE NEXT DAY street skating the rotary monument, myself, Emeric, Roberto and Leticia as translators, go for a paddy wagon ride downtown.
When he said that there was no one to watch the two little ones, they ignored him, and actually piled up all three of them into the paddy wagon and took them to the police station in Ariel.
Where I come from the police drive around the high density pub areas in a large blue van called a "paddy wagon".
Upon the arrival of the patrol (yes, they were wearing full riot gear) they too evaluated the scene and could not tell the difference between a riot and a friendly late night game of "ball and chain." The paddy wagon was backed onto the beach and the riot police started a different game, called "arrest the lifeguards." Final score: Riot Police 70, Lifeguards 0.
No, we won't go!" On the out-skirts" of the fray, a circle of retired ladies raise their frail but insistent voices in a stirring song of protest: "Deep in my heart / I still believe / We shall oversleep Sunday." A man being thrust handcuffed into a paddy wagon turns and flashes them the Bright Power hand signal, a variation on Mr.