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If nothing else, here is a deterrent for you

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Well, if nothing else, here is a deterrent for you

It seems in Reno there was a police sergeant that had a knack for not following the rules and for continually violating department policy without discipline from the department.  Consequently it is alleged that this sergeant, in an DUI alcohol stop apparently sexually violated a 17 year old girl in the back of his cruiser during a 2006 traffic stop.  Naturally, the police department is claiming no foul on their part and there guy did nothing wrong, but whoops, they fired their guy after an investigation. Boy, talk about your slippery slopes “well, our guy did nothing wrong but we thought we would fire him anyway”.  The civil suit is in Federal District Court right now.  According to the Court documents the cop placed the young girl in the back of his cruiser and pressured her to undress for his sexual gratification in order to avoid a drunk driving arrest.  No word on whether she “beat” the charges or not.

Dubious cop behavior is not limited to the western United States, although admittedly the western part of the country seems to have more than its fair share of sexual debacles.  Be that as it may, here in sunny Baltimore City, Maryland we recently relieved over 30 police officers of their official duties as they were engaging in a scheme to utilize tow trucks to tow cars involved in traffic matters, like DUIs or accidents, and then the cop would receive a kickback from the tow company of roughly $300. The tow truck company being used was not authorized by Baltimore City or Maryland to provide towing service.   Apparently, some officers were making a tidy little some at this prank until the brass caught wind of it and now they are all fired or soon to be fired. Allegedly one officer made over $14,000 over two years.  Now they are all without jobs-interesting carrier move there.  More information on the situation is here.

Anyway, the point is we have the corrupt (some-not all) watching over the drunk or impaired.  Generally speaking, not the best situation to be in.  You see, the police will say they do not have quotas or numbers of DUI arrests to effectuate each month but, let’s just say, they do.  Now, since it is the officer that has to make a very subjective decision about whether to arrest, and since his work product is partially evaluated on the number of arrests he makes, it is not the best position for Mr. nervous Joe Public to be in.  Here is an example:

The DUI arrest law in Maryland is .08 BAC right? (Shake your heads right)  Well, why do the officers insist on arresting citizens that have .06, .05 and .04 BACs? Why do that, why waste their time, the citizen’s time and money, why put somebody through that degree of stress and embarrassment when the law does not proscribe the behavior? It’s because that’s what they are paid to do.  You place somebody in a position of authority and power and link their compensation to it and here is the result. 

Having said that, I suppose a cop utilizing his authority to harass law abiding citizens and arrest inappropriate cases is marginally better than an officer using his authority to scare a 17 year old girl into disrobing in the back of a police cruiser for whatever slimy purpose he had in mind. 

 

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