posted on Nov, 26 2014 @ 09:52 PM
a reply to: onequestion
There are several reasons as to why an officer would have a legit reason to turn on his lights to go through a red light then turn them off.
1. He is dispatched to a call such as a burglary in progress. One does not want to alert the burglar with sirens blazing therefore he only uses lights
and/or sirens to clear an intersection and will turn them off after.
2. He was dispatched to call that came out as a crime but turned out to be a misunderstanding. For example a citizen calls 911 stating that he sees
someone walking down the street with what looks to be a gun. Dispatch sends the call to the officer who initiates lights and sirens. Within seconds
the caller realizes they made a mistake and it was not a gun but something else. Dispatch relays the informationan and cancels the call in which the
officer turns off his lights and sirens.
3. The officer is called to back up another officer in a serious situation. The officer turns on his lights and sirens and clears the intersection.
Well it turns out another officer is closer so the original officer that turned on his lights and sirens to clear the intersection is canceled from
the call. He turns his lights off.
4. The officer is patrolling and thinks he sees something suspicious that requires his immediate attention across the intersection so he activates his
lights and goes through. Once he is on the other side he realizes he was wrong and subsequently turns off his lights.
I can tell you from personal experience that 1-3 happen on almost a daily basis.
I truly wish people that have such disdain for the police would go on a ride along to experience what happens and why we do some of the things that we
I also truly wish more departments would speak out to the public to explain why we do the things we do.
I am sure most on Infowa...I mean ATS won't believe me though.
Just some perspective in a sea of prejudice that is ever flowing through ATS.
edit on 26-11-2014 by TorqueyThePig because: (no reason