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Source: Associated Press
October 30, 2011
I don't give cops traffic tickets. I let civilians off with warnings for speeding and other traffic violations often. I don't feel I need to give everyone a ticket. Some people are just working class citizens not paying attention. On occaison I might even get a drunk off the road and just call him a sober ride. (every situation is different and good people can have a bad day) So if I can do this for a regular citizen I think I should be able to do the same thing for a Cop right?.?.?.
The City Cop was driving way to fast.... I agree... I think he could use a few days off and maybe take away his "take home unit" for awhile. But to fire him for speeding... Don't think so. How often do we go over 100mph?... often if you take a "hot" call and it requires us there ASAP. I usally don't run coded unless traffic is heavy. (people tend to slam on breaks when they see blue lights in Louisiana) We ALL speed at times... I don't agree with 120mph in traffic that is just stupid. But to put your gun in another cops face and order him out of his marked unit and place him in cuffs after you can obviously see he is a Cop is in MY opinion just as dumb. I get passed by troppers, city cops and Cops from other departments all the time. I don't care... If he was driving that fast and it bothered me that much I would call his Department and let a Sgt or LT know about it. But I don't stop marked units!!! If it was reported stolen and I CONFIRMED it was the stolen vehicle then of course I would stop the vehicle and have the driver exit at gun point. But to stop a marked unit and have a uniformed officer exit at gun point and place him in cuffs.... Don't Agree at all. STUPID for everyone involved. I'm glade we don't have this issue here in La.
Fire him... he doesnt deserve the badge anymore because he was out of control.. there is NO defense to his actions
If he had killed an innocent citizen driving like an asshat what would all of you say then..
We may not like the fact she hooked him... but for those of us who have dealt with enough play police ( very common in L.A by the cartels) she did what she thought was right given the situation and I wont fault her for that... I would have had supervisors from both departments respond immediately while he as in my back seat...Ive never hooked an officer in uniform but I hooked a number of off duty coppers
Asshat brought all this upon himself... he has no one to blame but himself for his plight...
Court will be interesting on this one.. as will the IAD investigation...
I say he will be fired
Unbelievable she drew down on a uniform officer like that. Yes, he was wrong to pass a state trooper at that speed. But she sunk way below his level with all of that screaming, drawing her weapon and handcuffing him. EPIC FAIL. I am willing to be there are even FHP troopers who have distanced themselves from her because of this. This sort of reminds of those NJ State Troopers who pulled over that on-duty local officer in an unmarked car. They ripped him out of the car, threw him down and locked him up on some BS.
Unacceptable... I would tell him to start finding a new job.
About time FHP did something right , it is embarrassing when you travel in all major roads in South Florida and all you see is different Police municipalities speeding , tail gating and bulling people on the road at all time, while FHP looks the other way. Some people may not agree with the arresting officer but let me tell you it is an every day thing for a lot of Law Enforcement Officer in south Florida to violate all traffic laws while driving their patrol cars.
She seemed pre-disposed to getting "some" MDPD officer from past encounters of them speeding on the local roads in her patrol area. He was an idiot for speeding but she sank to the lowest level by drawing down on a uniformed officer in a marked car not offering any physical resistance. This is horrible for the public to see. Makes me wanna puke. What's happened to our brotherhood?
That Miami cop is/was/ and will be tomorrow a complete idiot.
Passing a marked FHP cruiser like a bat out of hell was his 2nd mistake his first was to not get to work on time and decide to drive like an idiot to get there. She turned the lights on and for 4:32 seconds he couldn't see her while he continues to fly andweave thru traffic ?? I call bull----t on that too.
Respect and professional courtisey are a two way street you have to give it to get it.
She had every right to be pissed and yell at him he is acting stupid.
Word has already spread that she is to get NO professional courtesy what so ever
ONCETHERE2506 YOUR RIGHT, I AM EMBARRASSED, IT NEEDED TO GO DIFFERENTLY, I WAS SPEACHLESS AT FIRST.
Okay, first and foremost this MD Officer was wrong, very wrong and did not pull over immediately. The FHP Trooper was justified in pulling this unit and thinking it had a very good chance of being a stolen unit. One it was established it was in fact a LEO she should have stopped screaming at him and she should not have handcuffed him. She has every right to tell him what a complete, irresponsible idiot he is and what a disgrace to the uniform he is. The MDPD Officer was totally in the wrong and needs a few months off to rethink his priorities. Either that or be terminated as his actions were so wrong as to warrant dismissal.
As to the guys here saying they would pull retaliation, I hope that you were not serious and just blowing smoke. This is not a minor ticket or traffic stop.
sad to see the situation play out as it did, being it could have been dealt with differently, lack of discretion on fhp. thats just my opinion of course
Might take a look over at this story on policeone with 8 pages of comments : http://www.policeone.com/traffic-patrol/articles/4560796-Fla-cop-late-to-work-pulled-over-driving-cruiser-120-mph/
Sorry, Trooper...15 yards and loss of down. You need classes on control and professionalism.
This should have been handled in a more professional maner on the part of the trooper. The officer was in the wrong and deserves to take a hit for it, but troopers method leaves a lot to be desired.
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