Archive for September 2007

Gaining Temperence on Cops

I think that the police community in America is sick. By that, I don’t mean depraved, I mean ill. There are strains of very, very bad things running through police forces all over the country, and the police seem damned intent on not doing anything about it. This infection is spreading when it needs to be excised. That is where I am coming from. On the other hand, I have been going through the forums on the QQ Cops site, and I think that I have to expand on my opinion in the name of honesty.

The forums over there are a lot different than the front page. Different enough that I have to wonder if the whole thing has turned into one big troll. I want to make it clear that I am a huge fan of discretion. I want to see the police using it. I want to see the prosecutors using it. One of the posters on the forum summed it up perfectly.

Again I have stated that as long as I have “DISGRETION” on my traffic stops I will not write a fellow officer a citation for an offense I would give John Q citzen a break on and I have given more than my share of breaks to regular citizens and will continue to do so.
If you a a criminal (A REAL BAD GUY) I will hammer that indiviual with all the traffic offenses I can, and on the same note if you are police officer and you commit a traffic violation that causes a accident with personal injuries or are DUI involved in a accident, there is no courtesy, you have to take your lumps just like John Q citizen because in those cituation I DO NOT GIVE COURTESY to anyone.

That, ladies and gentlemen, I have no problem with whatsoever. I’ve been let go from traffic stops. Hell, I’ve even had a cop let me go with a warrant for an uppaid ticket in another jurisdiction let me go, because he knew I wasn’t a Bad Guy. Most cops can be assumed to not be a Bad Guy on their face.

My problem with the site is the sense of entitlement and separation from the People. No one QQing on the front page is saying, “he should have let me go because I would have let most people go in that situation.” They are saying, “he should have let me go because I am better than most people.” This is no different than when a politician or a celebrity cries about getting a ticket. You were cited. If it isn’t a big deal, then pay it. If it is a big deal, then pay it.

I think another part of it may be big city patrol car vs. little berg cops. (Motorcycle cops exist for no purpose other than writing tickets. They aren’t cops, they are tax collectors.) I don’t get tickets in Dallas. I don’t know anyone who does get tickets in Dallas other than for running red lights (a real safety issue.) I know people who got popped for road rage in Dallas. In Dallas, traffic stops are ancillary to real keeping of the peace.

I don’t think it is like that in the little bergs. They don’t have much keeping of the peace to do. That means they either end up with a little tiny department, or they find other ways to justify expansion. Like generating revenue. The people on the forum who are making reasonable arguments (like Dep214, chicagocop, roadranger) seem to be from large city departments. The traffic shenanigans happen in little county and suburb departments, where the major and the chief are friends, and there is pressure to write citations.

I don’t have a knee jerk reaction that “anytime a cop is stopped and doesn’t get a ticket, something crooked is going on.” I do have the reaction, “any cop who think that he is immune to traffic laws is crooked.” And I will expand that to, “any cop who thinks that he, his wife, his kids, his parents, and his aunts and uncles are immune to traffic laws is a thug who should be removed from power.”

Threads like this are what have me on the fence. On one hand, we have exactly the wrong attitude expressed here (and not just the poster, the entire situation):

Unlike many other areas of the Country, NYC and the areas that surround NYC have the highest level of Professional Courtesy. Our local justice systems allow plea bargains. Anyone who receives a summons for a traffic violation and enters a plea of not guilty and goes to court, usually ends up with a reduced fine and no points on their drivers license. Once in a while a cop will actually issue a summons to the friend or family of a cop or other public safety worker and when it goes to court, it gets reduced or often time dismissed. PC is taken pretty seriously around here. If PC is not extended for one reason or another, the Presidents of the PBAs/Unions will step in and get involved and the outcome is positive 99% of the time.

That, to me looks like organized crime and racketeering. On the other hand, responses like this (from a Dallas cop, no less) keep a spark of hope alive:

you are the type person that abuses that professional curtesy.i would not hesitate to write you since you seem to speed for no good reason.they let you go and you just speed again.the curtesy only is given to a lost that privilige for being a habitual speeder

That is proper discretion.

QQ Cops

Claaaaasy site, guys.  I really love the rationalization that goes behind running this site:

Should we be given breaks on tickets that normal people would be given a break? 
Yes.  Best Buy employees get an employee price (which is awesome), Subway employees get free subs, military people get free hops on planes, airline employees get the jet around the world for free ($50 is free).  Every profession gets some kind of ‘perk’.

No.  You should not be given a break.  Cops get the cop discount at lots of places.  That’s your perk.  My favorite part is to read through the crybaby accounts of why some other cop is a dickhead.  “I was going with the flow of traffic.”  “I was worried about the guy in front of me being drunk.”  Yeah, and how many tickets has that guy written where someone gave him the same line?

I wonder what other perks cops are “entitled” to.  Making up charges for people who are “shitheads?”  Tasering people for being “shitheads”?

Our mission is to try and bond our community by bringing the stories of how our brothers and sisters are sometimes mistreated by other brothers and sisters.

Maybe after visiting this site and reading how much it really does affect other officers, you may think twice about giving that ticket.

It’s ONLY A TICKET!  We’re positive that there is someone more deserving of your attention than your own brother or sister.

I’m trying to think of a more insulting and condescending way that they could have written that to everyone out here who isn’t a cop, but I can’t.

So let me go too next time, OK?  It’s ONLY A TICKET!

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Student Tasered at Kerry Event

This pisses me off. It pisses me off for two reasons. The first is obvious to regular readers. I don’t support TASERs for anything short of an alternative to lethal force, and I don’t condone them being used as torture devices to gain compliance by peace officers. Every time I get a story like this, I become more and more anti-police. While I have always had authority figure issues, it is only in the last few years that I have become actually anti-police. I believed for a long time that it was just a few bad apples and lots of good guys. In reality, too many bad apples get protected by the presumed good guys for me to continue to support them.

The other thing that pisses me off is that I think that Kerry is getting a short-shrift, and I hate to admit that.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Kerry said he regretted that a healthy discussion was interrupted and that he had never had a dialogue end in 37 years of public appearances. He also said he hoped neither the student nor police were injured.

“I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, but again I do not know what warnings or other exchanges transpired between the young man and the police prior to his barging to the front of the line and their intervention.”

I’m afraid that Kerry is going to get some heat from the right side of the aisle that he doesn’t deserve. He was dealing with the man when the badged thugs showed up.

As two officers take Meyer by the arms, Kerry, D-Mass., can be heard saying, “That’s all right, let me answer his question.”

Audience members applaud, and Meyer struggles for several seconds as up to four officers try to remove him from the room. Meyer screams for help and tries to break away from officers with his arms flailing at them, then is forced to the ground and officers order him to stop resisting.

As Kerry tells the audience he will answer the student’s “very important question,” Meyer yells at the officers to release him, crying out, “Don’t Tase me, bro,” just before he is shocked by the Taser. He is then led from the room, screaming, “What did I do?”

Exercise your freedoms of speech, assembly, and to seek redress for grievances, apparently. You should have known better.

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And here’s 25 skills every man should know according to Phelps:

  1. Stop arterial bleeding
  2. Hit the 10 ring with iron sights
  3. Order a martini
  4. Tell a joke
  5. Put out a grease fire
  6. Read a children’s book aloud with funny voices
  7. Grill a steak
  8. Change a door lock
  9. Look good in a suit
  10. Set a digital clock
  11. Make eye contact
  12. Patch sheetrock
  13. Make a paper airplane
  14. Make a toast
  15. Throw a punch (doesn’t matter if they see it coming, Mexi.)
  16. Tie a sailor’s hitch.
  17. Tie a tie
  18. Accept a compliment
  19. The Shocker
  20. Split wood
  21. Hang a picture frame
  22. Standing leg sweep
  23. Compose a photograph
  24. Drive a stick
  25. Climb a fence