Florida Highway Patrolman Sues over 100 officers and agencies for $1 million

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posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 05:12 PM
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Ya dude... sorry but you're against the odds here. No one I know has been awarded any courtesy. Only story I ever hear is officer letting a pretty girl off and trying to get her number. Police officer is the type of job that attracts power hungry individuals. Sorry man.




posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 08:37 PM
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Originally posted by conspiracy88
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Ya dude... sorry but you're against the odds here. No one I know has been awarded any courtesy. Only story I ever hear is officer letting a pretty girl off and trying to get her number. Police officer is the type of job that attracts power hungry individuals. Sorry man.

I'd want to say on this...over all the years driving a truck, I collected quite a wide representation for what tickets look like in our lower 48 states. Equipment tickets.... Speeding tickets.... parking tickets.... logbook tickets.. You name it. I wish I could say how many it was, but sadly..I don't know off the top of my head and I'm not digging my legal files out to count for this ..but it was enough.

Plenty of warnings in there too though. The tickets came most often from the unforgiving types in Ohio, California and for the last couple years I was on the road, Indiana of all places. The warnings? Well, "Yes sir, No sir" as just one very simple thing to do in a traffic stop for attitude can be the difference of hundreds of dollars to remember it all by. Some may call that kissing their butt. I just thought of it as professional courtesy. (It was also to lower the costs of doing business.
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* I got mouthy once...because an Ohio state cop actually wrote me 72 Mph in a Cannon Express truck governed at 64 Mph on flat ground. I believe I'm also one of the VERY few to have a friggen Ohio ticket go on my out of state DMV record...as everyone insists they never normally do. Go figure. That one hurt too.



posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 10:42 PM
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I have been an officer for over 15 years and I have extended that DWI "courtesy" plenty of times. I have also caught teenagers with a small bag a weed and made them pour it on the ground and crush it with their shoes instead of giving them a ticket or arresting them and possibly destroying any chance of a future they might have.

Now if they had a pound of dope that would be a horse of a different color. Can't help stupid.

I believe that everyone is entitled to make a mistake and if the mistake is minor enough and it is in my power to help them I will. Just don't put me in that position a second time.



posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 07:34 AM
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I can say this...in my career...my department has arrested cops....about once every 3 years....from theft to buying drugs. It is as you said....if I would let a civilian go for it at times..then I could let a cop go as well. If there is no victim to a crime then you really can be flexible is my take.

As we both know we have some cops that are more laid back...like myself..and some that are more aggressive. Sometimes I get called "lazy" cause I enjoy talking to people and calming them down instead of just rushing them and making an arrest. The other side is the over zealous cops that seem to rush into everything and feel that the law is the law no matter what. These are the same ones who constantly get into fights on the street and cost the department thousands because disability claims or injuries. But we really need both. You have to have some chill ones...some mean ones...some aggressive ones...people respond different to different approaches.

I have a feeling this officer who made the arrest was probably much more aggressive, and there shouldn't be any back lash for the decision she made as it was not an illegal arrest.



posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 07:38 AM
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Originally posted by SirMike
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Do you have any idea how many DUI's are escorted home, allowed to sleep it off, walk the rest of the way, call a ride? I would estimate that somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-35% of all suspected DUI's are given the soft treatment because they don't have a bad driving record and were cooperative.

And how did a minor speeding ticket cost you several hundred dollars?


Agreed....in our case...we don't have the manpower or time...when bars close by us its a brawl fest..if we are all tied up on DUI's we can't handle other calls.

DUI's take more paperwork and extra steps than a homicide. Im not kidding. We fill out paperwork that is total bizarre and have to read it to the suspect. I don't have to do that for anything else....just DUI's. Whoever came up with all the DUI paperwork is a moron.



posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 07:42 AM
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Originally posted by mikelkhall
I have been an officer for over 15 years and I have extended that DWI "courtesy" plenty of times. I have also caught teenagers with a small bag a weed and made them pour it on the ground and crush it with their shoes instead of giving them a ticket or arresting them and possibly destroying any chance of a future they might have.

Now if they had a pound of dope that would be a horse of a different color. Can't help stupid.

I believe that everyone is entitled to make a mistake and if the mistake is minor enough and it is in my power to help them I will. Just don't put me in that position a second time.


Exactly right....have done the same myself....

A lot of what we do has so many variables involved like...criminal history....intentions....remorse...etc.





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