posted on Dec, 18 2010 @ 07:55 PM
sadly, I'm not even surprised by this.
When I lived in the Puget Sound area, there was a Barney Fife clone (real name- Sanders) who worked in the town of Duvall (I'd love for him to read
this as he's a scared little punk who wouldn't break breath out of uniform) where my fiance lived. Someone backed into her at the car wash late one
Friday afternoon, breaking the front license plate holder on her car. With the holder broken, the front plate fell off (Washington state requires both
front and rear plates). Very minor, just bumper-to-bumper contact, but the plate couldn't be kept in the front holder. She put the plate in the
windshield, and had an appointment to get it fixed Monday.
The next morning, my fiance, her daughter and I were going to breakfast. On our way, Barney Fife pulled out of a side road without looking even once
to his left where I was approaching from, driving about 25 mph. He nearly t-boned me, I avoided the accident by swerving almost off the road to miss
him and beeping the horn. I don't even remember why now, but my wife had to stop at the gas station, which we were about a block away from. I pull
in, she gets out of the car and so does her daughter. I open the door to get out, and he blasts the siren. I look back to say he has pulled behind me
sideways, as if I'd just robbed the store and he were afraid I was going to peel out at any second. My fiance and her daughter stop, turn around and
look back. He instructs them to "go inside, now," and tells me " you remain in the car". I'm thinking What the ....?
After several minutes, he comes up to me with a statute book, talking about the front plate being "improperly displayed". My fiance is out of the
store and hears him. She explains to him what happened. He stops her half way through saying "I don't care, and I'm speaking to the driver, not
you." He then goes on to tell me that if I make another attempt to exit the car (I'd done nothing but sit in the driver's seat since he initially
told me to remain in the car) that he was "authorized to use any measure of force, up to and including lethal force, to keep me inside" it.
I lose it at this point. I said "What the *h* did you just say to me? Did you just threaten me?" His reply was "I just informed you of my
authority." I said "I want your badge number," which he refused to give to me. I tell me fiance to write down his name and car number, which she
Long story short, I reported him for threatening me when he had no provocation and refusing to give me his badge number. The department gave me the
standard apology and "we'll look into it". One of my witnesses, parked next to my car, watching this all unfold and who knew the cop, also called
and reported the incident to the department. I gave them four witnesses who'd heard him say it. The department, of course, did nothing. They never
even contacted a single witness to ask what happened.
Many of these cops out here these days are nothing but thugs. They're scared of their own shadows, and they have a gun, taser, club and badge to use
at their discretion. Their abuses of power are swept under the rug whenever possible, and the citizens have no recourse against them. Obviously, this
doesn't describe every LEO out there, but when it describes even one, that's too many.