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Old 03-27-2009, 04:11 PM
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This story pissed me off when I saw it this morning on the local news.

This guy and his family gets a call at 1am from the hospital where his wifes mother is being treated for breast cancer. They are informed that the mother has taken a turn for the worse and has but a few mins to live.

Tha family jump into the Caddy Escalade and make the short trip to the hospital. They run through a red light but the intersection was empty and the guy had his hazzards on.

They stop in the hospital parking lot where the cop holds them at gun point. They plead with the officer to let them say goodby to the dying woman. The wife runs in to see her, the husband continues to plead with the officer.The nurse and security guard come out to confirm the story but the cop doesn't budge. The guy never gets to say goodby to his mother in law.

Absolutly sickening! The cop should be fired and the depertment should be sued for $50 million and every penny of the judgement donated to breast cancer research.

I understand that the police have a job to do. But some situations need just a little common sense, judgement and compassion.


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http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/29895162/
Old 03-27-2009, 04:28 PM
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Poor use of common sense, indeed...
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Yup the cop didnt do the right thing. Write them a ticket sure but if a nurse from the hospital conferms it let them go.
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I saw the video and It was absurd what that cop did .It was out on net earlier
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I thought the guy was very calm and polite given the situation. He didn't even tell the cop he was an NFL player. I would have lost it and ran in the hospital. The cop would have had to shoot me to stop me.

If I were the NFL player who probably has more money in his checking account than that shit bag cop will make in his whole life I would retain the best attorney in the state.

Then I would sue the cop personally for pain and suffering to the tune of $1 Million. Then I would sue the department in civil court for $50 million.

And like I said, all the money goes to breast cancer research and/or a local charity.

I know the chief stepped up and apologized and wiped out the ticket, gee thanks for sparing the guy the $100.00 ticket. Its a slap in the face.

The cop is on paid leave so he gets a paid vacation until the smoke clears.

I know suing won't get this guy the chance he lost but until the department is hit hard enough which will trickle down to the officers this kind of crap will go on. Its a shame when the police need policing, or at least taught how to act with good judgement and compassion.
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I saw this on the net and news networks as well. I cannot believe any reasonable person would do that. He should be fired and put on security duty at a hospital so he could see what the real world is like. They can't let him have a gun though.
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Sorry for the above rant, this kind of stuff hits a nerve. Both sides of my family has cancer and ironically my mother in law had breast cancer and almost died from it. Thank god she recovered well...but not without several major operations.

And I actually got the same call to come to the hospital when my aunt was dying of cancer. This is my fathers sister who was like my 2nd mom. I rushed to the hospital to see her and say goodby, she passed about an hour after I got there so I was able to say goodby.

So it is likely that myself and/or my wife will have to deal with cancer later in life. Well even if one of us gets it we all have to deal with it.
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I thought the guy was very calm and polite given the situation. He didn't even tell the cop he was an NFL player. I would have lost it and ran in the hospital. The cop would have had to shoot me to stop me.

If I were the NFL player who probably has more money in his checking account than that shit bag cop will make in his whole life I would retain the best attorney in the state.

Then I would sue the cop personally for pain and suffering to the tune of $1 Million. Then I would sue the department in civil court for $50 million.

And like I said, all the money goes to breast cancer research and/or a local charity.

I know the chief stepped up and apologized and wiped out the ticket, gee thanks for sparing the guy the $100.00 ticket. Its a slap in the face.

The cop is on paid leave so he gets a paid vacation until the smoke clears.

I know suing won't get this guy the chance he lost but until the department is hit hard enough which will trickle down to the officers this kind of crap will go on. Its a shame when the police need policing, or at least taught how to act with good judgement and compassion.
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I'm with you on this Chris.

Being in LE, it was tough to watch the video.

There were at least six different ways to handle this. Common sense was no where to be found in the way that he chose to handle it.

Some officers appear to wear blinders at times. And sadly, some do slip through the cracks in the testing.

I haven't heard any personal info on the officer, so I'm not passing judgement, but something needs to be done in this case. That is for sure...
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I wonder if this would have even made the headlines if it wasn't a football star. When I see something like this it makes me wonder how many times something like this happens and is not reported (or video taped).

It does seem like he got hit with the Barney Fyfe approach. A couple years ago I was going through the toll booth at the Nice bridge (connects VA to MD on the Potomac). Barney Fyfe literally jumped out from behind the toll booth as I went through EZ pass with a radar detector. What the crap are these guys thinking. Scared me to death and nearly made me spill my beer.
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This cop used no common sense or judgement at all. The driver slowed down at stopsigns, red lights, and intersections to make sure it was safe to proceed. The cop follows them all the way to the hospital and still is uninterested in the reason for them not stopping. Severe misuse of power.
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
Scared me to death and nearly made me spill my beer.









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Another dumb cop that is to stupid to be anything else!
And the really sick part about the story is, "if" it was that cop's m.i.l that was on deaths bed chances are that cop/ person would have broke every single rule in the book to get to the hospital and then flashed his badge as if to say, Hey I'm a cop, it's alright.
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[quote=Garett;2245326]Another dumb cop that is to stupid to be anything else!
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Let's think about your thought process here. Your opinion is that only people that are too stupid (to do anything... worthwhile?) become cops. In what way would a kid reading your comment think to themselves, "Gosh, if this adult thinks that way about that career, then maybe I need to consider it." ?

Your suggestion that only stupid people become cops is infantile.

Your rage at the law enforcement community is obvious .

You're probably a nice guy down deep, but this rant was uncalled for.
Public opinions like this one will never help improve the situation.
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The reality is the cop is a twenty something kid, with probably no real life experience, and all that he can relate to or fall back on is the "rule" book; strict interpretation of rules is a hallmark of young, inexperienced people placed in high profile, dangerous, and often times, thankless jobs. I would think that if this was, say, a 30 something prior combat military veteran, who knows how to prioritize, and assess the big picture quickly, this would, in my best estimation, not have happened.

Place the kid on admin leave, require re-training, and encorporate this incident into future academy classes. Simply firing him is as much an overreaction as the incident itself.
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Definetly the wrong decision for the cop to make. He should have let the guy continue, the intersection was clear and there was no one around.

I read in one article that race may have been a factor. The officer was white, the driver was black. I personally don't think this had anything to do with it, I think it was just the officer on a power trip. Your thoughts?
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Cops hear all kinds of reasons for why somebody was doing something. In this case (where the vehicle actually WAS in the hospital parking lot), there could be no doubt about the truth of the matter.
I don't know about the cop's age, but his response was so far off the charts that I'd have to politely disagree with Capt Jack on this one; he (cop, not Jack)thinks bad and reacts poorly in a NON stress situation.

If the NFL player had acted like most of us would (really agitated and hyper after being awakened in the middle of the night by emotional emergency) the cop might have shot the player. I wouldn't trust a guy like that to carry a gun any longer.
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I'd tell the POS to shoot me in the back, I'm going in the hospital. What a jerk-off. And there is NO wonder why people have no faith in LEOs.
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For the record, the COP is young and lacks expierence, that said there is still no excuse for his actions.

I bet every city, town, or state has a very smelly apples that are tainting the entire crop.


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I'd tell the POS to shoot me in the back, I'm going in the hospital. What a jerk-off. And there is NO wonder why people have no faith in LEOs.
I thought the same thing...but THAT cop might have done it if he was so cold to the whole family. The player needs to get some kind of big award for keeping his cool like he did.

Maybe the award he gets from the jury will make his family feel a little better for having been so humiliated in their time of sorrow.

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