posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 07:59 AM
First of all, RCWJ, you are fighting a losing battle here. I'm a supervisory FED LEO and I've gone round and round with some people here and come
to one conclusion; people here have made up their mind about what they think about cops and another cop isn't going to change their mind. They
either understand that we're not all the gestapo, or they lump us all together and brand us as jack-booted thugs. I don't think we can ever sway
the latter group. But someday they will need a cop to be there and I wonder how full of contempt they will be then.
Anyway, that being said, I have to admit that even I have gotten sideways with a few of my "fellow" LEO's out there. I spent the last six years of
my fed life in Texas and I will relate a story to you doubters out there about our so-called "good ole' boy system."
I got pulled over by a state trooper one night because I failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign before making a right turn onto a cross
street. I will admit it; I committed a traffic violation; my truck did not come to a "complete" stop. The trooper saw this as he was driving the
other direction and pulled a u-turn and lit me up. I signaled to pull over, pulled all the way off the roadway, rolled down all my windows, turned on
my interior dome light and placed my hands on the steering wheel. Oh, and then I made my greatest mistake of the night; I tossed my cigarette butt
out the window becasue I didn't want to be smoking in his face when he made contact.
As the trooper approached, he told me that he pulled me over for the stop sign violation. I was open and stated to him that I understood, admitting
that I realized I had failed to come to a complete stop. He asked for my license. Understand this, I don't badge other cops if they pull me over.
If they ask where I work, I will tell them, but I don't go out of my way to make it known. That being said, I do carry my badge and creds in my
wallet. I also carry a gun, so it is important to have all those together. He didn't say it, but I'm pretty sure he caught a glimpse of the gold
badge in my wallet. He looked at me hard for a minute and said, "I'm going to run your license; if you don't have any priors, I'm going to give
you a warning for the stop sign," he then paused and pointed at the ground where I had dropped the cigarette butt, "and give you a ticket for
littering." He walked off before I could say anything.
He came back, had me sign the ticket, explained the procedure for dealing with the ticket, asked me if I understood and then just walked back to his
car and drove off. Was I wrong to not come to a complete stop at the sign? You bet. And I would have gladly paid that ticket. The cigarette butt,
yeah, I that is littering. The fine for that ticket? $350.00. There is a term for that sort of ticket; it is called an "FU Ticket". I would have
gladly gotten out of my truck and picked up the cigarette butt. To be honest, I dont' even remember dropping it; I didn't want to be smoking in the
troopers face. I was never rude and I didn't make a big show about flashing my badge. But, he had the power to write that ticket and he did. He
gave me a pass on the cheaper ticket but nailed me with the heavey hitter.
So what is the point of that long-winded story? My point is that, even being a LEO myself, I admit that there are cops out there who don't know how
to leave their attitude at home. But I also understand that not all cops are like that. That is why I will still stop to back them up on the side of
the road. I don't make a blanket judgment of all troopers based on one as*holes actions. And neither should any of you.