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Photo Of Detroit Cop Sleeping in Squad Car Surfaces on Web

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

April 28, 2010

DETROIT – By anyone’s account, it isn’t a pretty picture: a uniformed Detroit police officer appears to be asleep, his mouth agape, sitting in what is apparently the driver’s seat of a squad car.

The image was posted over the weekend on, and, according to the site’s traffic counter, it’s been viewed more than 400,000 times.

Among the viewers? The officer’s bosses.

“We were made aware of the photo over the weekend and began investigating immediately,” Detroit Police Spokesman John Roach said today. “As of this morning, we’ve identified the officer, we know who he is. We have not yet had an opportunity to interview him directly, but we will as soon as possible.”

Roach declined to release the officer’s name but said he works as a patrolman in the city’s 8th Precinct. Roach said police are investigating whether the officer was on duty and not on a break when the photo was shot.

Information about the photo’s origins — including where it was shot, by whom and when — isn’t included in the posting. An e-mail sent Monday to the blogging site where it is posted, Media Take Out, seeking information about the photo’s origins has not yet been answered.

Danyelle Coleman, 27, of Detroit told the Free Press she saw the picture over the weekend and posted it to her personal Facebook page. It has sparked heated debate among both friends and strangers, she said.

Some people have said they know the officer and that he’s a good cop, she said.

Coleman said that even if the picture was shot while the officer was off duty or on a break, the image is a negative for the city.

“This is nothing to laugh about,” she said. “We can’t get police to come on time when we call. Is it because they’re taking a nap?”

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I would like to know more before I say anything.

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I won't comment until I find out where or when the photo was taken. I will agree, it's a negative image for the city! CAMERAS ARE EVERYWHERE, PEOPLE!!!

  • American_flag_freedomfighter_max50


    over 4 years ago


    who knows when or where this pic was taken may have been in the station lot waiting between night shift and court, can't pass judgment from a picture, hell may have even been staged as gag with other shift mates. that is the big reason you don't ever put anything on the net you don't want the world to see.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    This is no big deal. I mean he was getting a few zzzz. I am more concerned about Cops that speed. Cops that taser people for no reason. This Cop should say he performs better with a nap.

  • Divas_missy_tina_max50


    over 4 years ago


    wow the comments (where the pic is posted) are pretty bad & stupid. easy to pass any kind of judgment from a pic. but what if he's working two jobs, worked multiple shifts, or not sleeping at night because of an unresolved problem.

    either way, the pic is a sign of time or sleep management only, not anything to do with his skills or weight. he's not a robot but a human, and I'd rather him find a place to take a nap & be refreshed than respond to next call tired & fatigued.

    and clearly more to this pic, as in where was it taken, what kind of camera, from what distance, etc. we don't know if he pulled into some remote area to take a nap and a I-hate-cops-tracker sat & watched every move he made including waiting for him to fall asleep. and if someone was that close to see him sleeping did they think to check to see if he was ok or just start snapping pics? what if he had a medical problem?

    and re: the person who took the pic: correct me if I'm wrong, doesn't Detroit have a high crime rate and it ain't the cops, right? why not survey & photograph some criminals to make the cops' jobs easier.

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I know we have all had those moments where we are going to pass out besides the media there are other dangers from criminals that you are wide open to.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Not good

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree with fplasencia - - we need all the able bodies out their to help keep the streets safe.

  • Cruise_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What's the matter with you people? Clearly he's NOT sleeping - he's praying! Is there a rule against prayer on the job? C'mon!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Come on bro...
    I am hoping he makes it throught this, but I am sure he would have some explaining to do to the Platoon CO.

  • Heores_max50


    over 4 years ago


  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You know what is the most interesting to me, In the picture, the window is open. That seems to be the most dangerous part.

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