a reply to: seagull
I would agree.
I've had some dealings with both good cops and bad ones. For the most part most of them have been good. In this incident, clearly the officer bent
over backwards to be productive and not destructive.
I too had an experience with a 'small town' cop once. Funny how just one incident like that can sour a fella for a while.
Finally managed to convince the hottest redhead in school to go on a date with me one time. I was 2-3 years out of HS then. Turned a corner onto the
main drag in my cool '78 Trans Am and got lit up. Wasn't even going fast, and didn't spin the tires. Pulled over for no apparent reason. Cop (also
a redhead, but this one was the 'red headed step child from hell'). He was a couple years older than me, new on the force, and "might" have had a
couple run-ins with me a few years earlier (as in, got his backside handed to him).
He had seen me with Julie, and he was just pulling me over to be a butthead. Well, without a word it quickly escalated and got worse. First thing he
told me was to get out of the car, which I did. End of a nightstick in the back and (boom) head bounced off the hood...right to silver bracelets
behind my back, still not a word said. "You're going to JAIL!!" he said.
When he got me in the back of the car, that was it; I went off. Unloaded on him, told him exactly what I thought (in no uncertain terms) and dared
him to take the cuffs off. He was so junior he was still riding with a mentor / partner. He looks over at his partner and says "Good thing I put him
in cuffs, huh?" His partner says "What the hell are you doing???" And, I kid you not, honest to God's truth, this is what he said...
"Outstanding parking ticket...he's going down!" A parking ticket!!! He busted my head and was taking me to jail for a freaking...parking ticket!
(Otherwise my driving record was spotless). A freaking parking ticket, at 7pm on a Friday night, with my girlfriend and her friend in the car, pulled
over out of the blue. Pure, unadulterated, unapologetic, spite!
I knew both of the guys. His partner didn't intervene (I didn't understand why at the time, but he was doing me a favor). Long story short, I took
it to court. Not only did the judge toss the parking ticket, but admonished this jackass for heavy handedness. He was suspended from the force the
next day. The supervisor had written him up with a major infraction based on a report from his partner (the other guy in the car that night).
I ran into the other guy a couple weeks later. He said "you should have filed for brutality on that one, it would have been a slam dunk case!" I
didn't, just let it go...he'd gotten what he had coming to him. "He just better hope I don't run into him in the bar some night!" was all I said.
Never did though. In fact, never saw the dude again...he'd pissed off so many people with his school day vendettas he wound up leaving town
In any case, that was an example where getting snotty was probably justified. This girl had no excuse.
P.S. Even 30 years later I'd still probably put a dent in that dude's head if I saw him!
edit on 7/14/2017 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)