reply to post by Tiloke
Officer Harmon, Joplin, MO, Fall of about 1995. Sorry, it has been awhile and I don't remember his first name, but I have a file at home.
I have a file on the other one also, but I really don't remember the details of that event as well. Officer Harmon's situation was ongoing for
months, the other one was an isolated incident, where the officer didn't respond to a call, and released the suspect prematurely when he did finally
arrive. He had other performance issues as well.
You are correct that a senior officer should not, and normally does not discipline a rookie in front of the citizen. In my two occasions, when the
back-up arrived, I was simply excused without a citation, and I don't know what happened next.
One such incident was riding a motorcycle without a tag, and the rookie wanted to tow it away for some reason. In Missouri, you have a certain number
of days to get a vehicle in good working condition, and get the safety inspection done, before requiring a tag. I had the bill of sale, the repair
receipt, and the inspection certificate when I got pulled over, but the cop didn't know the law very well. I did not argue the ticket too much, but
when he wanted to tow the bike, I told him no way, we argued some, and I told him to get someone else there. A couple of more patrolmen showed up,
mediated the situation and waited on a higher ranking officer. Eventually, he came and I was let go. I don't think it was discipline issue, it was
a knowledge of the law issue. Joplin, MO, Summer 1994, sorry no file on that one.
Like I said, my personal experience in this realm is extensive. I could tell you several more specific stories with dates and locations, but I don't
think that is the point of this thread.
You seem to have gotten very upset about the fact that I might refuse to sign your ticket?!? Do you think Tazering is justified in the OP case? Do
you really think that refusing to sign the ticket puts me in the same basket as a "baby raper" as you said earlier?!?
You have shown the type of temperment that is exactly wrong for law enforcement. Maybe you should be SWAT, DEA, or something with a little more
violence, and a contact with a higher degree of criminal. I would hate for you to pull over my wife or mother, show the type of anger you have shown
here, do something stupid, and have to run into me when you least expect it!