Thursday, July 30, 2009

Conniving Cops Caught on Tape

Imagine this. You’re driving along, minding your own business, when your cat jumps out the window of your car and runs across the street. You slam on the brakes, worried about your kitty, when the car behind your smashes into your rear. Pretty easy to see the blame should be on the driver of the second vehicle because he was following too closely, right?

Well, what if you’d had little bit to drink? Should that affect the outcome? The driver in the second vehicle was still driving too close behind you. What about the fact that he was a cop? Does that mean the blame should automatically be on you? After all, you were drinking and driving…

I don’t condone driving under the influence at all, but falsifying police reports is a crime, too. This scenario actually did happen in south Florida. Four Hollywood police officers are on administrative leave pending further investigation. There’s a chance they may go to prison because one of their own cameras recorded them plotting to frame the drunk driver for the accident. They changed the story saying she swerved in front of the officer at the last second.

Sgt. Pressley, the officer who allegedly plotted the revised version of the story, said: "Well, I don't lie and makes things up ever because it's wrong. But if I need to bend it a little to protect a cop, I'm gonna."

Read the full story here.

What’s your take on this?

8 comments:

  1. Well, drunk driving is drunk driving and the driver should be arrested for that and that alone. The facts of the accident can't be changed, though, and the letter of the law should be followed. It amazes me that these days cops KNOW everything is being captured by the dash camera and they still do things like this.

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  2. I saw this yesterday and couldn't believe it. I was floored. One, how can people sworn to uphold the law break it so badly and two, how stupid can you be to do it in front of the cruiser's video cameras with audio on. The really bad thing is that this will open up investigations into every arrest these officers made. If they've done it this time, who says they didn't do it before?

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  3. I hope these officers are properly reprimanded for their unprofessional behavior. I find it disturbing when police officers choose to bend the truth rather than report the facts even if it is to save the skin of a friend and coworker.

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  4. When police officers act like this, it really frustrates me. My father is a police officer, and they have enough to deal with without their own doing stupid things like this. Unfortunately, as in most things in life, what is loudest is not always a good representation of the majority.

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  5. I know police officers do us a great service and for that I am thankful. I have seen them turn on their lights and go through lights, then turn them off again. I see them speeding allllll the time without their lights and sirens on. It's little things like that that make it difficult to give them the full respect they "should" deserve. (I know not all police officers are not like that! There are many great ones out there!)

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  6. Whoa--I can't believe he said that! Cops are meant to protect us but they are human and if they act wrong in their jobs--they need to pay like we would too.

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  7. Don't we all face the temptation of using our postion, influence, etc. to better our personal situation? I don't agree with it, but I think there is an unspoken code that police officers must be better than everyone else, which shouldn't be true.

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