Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Police Round-Up: IMPD & DUI, "Routine" Stops

Both sides of the coin:

--Oh, not again, again! Another IMPD officer has been nabbed operating a vehicle in such wise as to attract the attention of the State Police and to subsequently merit an arrest for driving drunk. To his (scant) credit, he was in his own vehicle and on his own time. Still, arrested and handcuffed seems a poor way to get into a treatment program. Try harder, IMPD.
--There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. While it's easy to get all huffy and whiny 'cos Officer Friendly pulled you over for a burned-out license plate lamp and had the unmitigated gall to have unsnapped the retention strap of his sidearm and actually -- ohmiGawrsh, Becky! -- had his hand restin' on it when he came up to tellya, "License & registration, please," consider the examples cited and remember police are not mind-readers. While I'd take exception to looking down the barrel over a traffic ticket, I don't fault anyone who walks into an unknown situation with their hand ready to draw. There's some bad people out there and their taillights burn out, too.


DaddyBear said...

Yep. I have no problem with an officer that lives by "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone."

Roberta X said...

Just as long as the plan doesn't involve beer and his car, I'm with you.

David Neylon said...

When I was living in Florida there was an officer that pulled over a little old lady for running a stop light. When he politely came up to her window she shot him in the face. She had just killed her husband and thought that's what she'd been pulled over for.

Rob K said...

I continue to be amused by the fact that people transporting contraband don't ensure that all their headlights & taillights and other equipment are in good working order. But those that transport contraband don't tend to be the brightest bulbs either.

Anonymous said...

Do these guys keep kegs in their patrol cars?

How many PD drunkards does it come to now?