Have you ever been pulled over by a cop who acting like an @$$hole for what seemed like no reason? I have. But what about if I had been an officer myself? Would that have changed anything? Would he or she, at the very least, been a little warmer or respectful? Reddit asked these questions and some cops responded. Keep in mind that I’m sure the corrupt cops (of which we know there are many) were careful enough to not incriminate themselves online.
THE FEELING IS MUTUAL
I had to arrest a cop from a neighboring jurisdiction and his wife for mutual domestic assault. They both had injuries and both accused the other of being the aggressor and I had no neutral witnesses so I took them both in. The officer had just gotten home from work and was still in uniform when I put him in the back of my car. Called his captain who responded out to my station. Ended up getting suspended.
HEY MAN, THAT’S NOT COOL
The very first DUI arrest I ever made was a cop from a neighboring jurisdiction. Before I even got up to his door, he was already holding his badge out of the window and informing me that he was a cop. He was very obviously intoxicated; blew a .10 or .11 if I remember correctly. He messed up all of the field sobriety tasks and I arrested him. Through all of this, he continually told me that he was a cop and told me I “wasn’t being cool.” He resigned from his job.
BELONG IN JAIL, CASE PROBABLY THROWN OUT
Locked up a female officer for beating the crap out of her kid last year. Treated her like any other suspect, I had never met her before so I didn’t really think about it. Little awkward having to follow Internal Affairs to her house to take her guns though. Also, arrested a corrections officer who was letting her boyfriend sell drugs out of her house where there were three children under five years old. Did not feel bad about that.
COPS ARE DICKS EVEN WHEN THEY ARE THE ONES IN TROUBLE
Once pulled over a sergeant from a neighboring jurisdiction for speeding. He had his badge out of the window before I even got up to his truck. I calmly explained because of his speed and it being near a residential area and a school he’d be getting a ticket. Came back with the ticket and told him I’d forgo the lecture but asked him to just watch his speed. I thought it went alright and never heard anything about it. Nine months later I had actually applied to the same sergeant’s agency and was going through the background phase of the hiring process. That sergeant finds out I was a candidate and started bad mouthing me over there. Saying I was rude, unprofessional, and all sorts of stuff during the stop. Next thing I know his LT is coming by asking to watch the video of the stop, the officer doing my background is coming by to watch video of the stop. The chief of the department I worked for was pissed off he was acting like such a baby over a ticket and issued a directive saying if an off duty LEO identifies themselves as such in an attempt to get out of an infraction, the officer SHALL cite them and call the chief so he can contact their chief/sheriff. Was such a shit storm over a simple speeding ticket.
I was doing a ride along with my brother. He had been on patrol for about 4 years at this point. He pulled over the local sheriff for a DUI and arrested him. Not sure exactly what happened, but my brother left the department within 3 months.
TIGER WOODS WAS A COP?
I am an officer in the city close to my much smaller hometown. Kind of an upper-middle class little town that had a school officer. Anyways, we respond to a call around 10 pm for a domestic. It just so happens to be at the school officer’s house where he drunkenly crashed his car while running from his golf club wielding wife. She was smashing his windows in after finding out about his mistress, who he has just battered about 20 minutes earlier. Both wife and him are arrested. He is a total dick the entire time he is in my squad asking if “I know who he is?” And telling me my career is f-cked. At the jail he won’t respond to orders and eventually is charged with resisting on top of everything.
Nonetheless he ends up losing his cushy school job as soon as the news is out.
I have encountered one off duty officer who got into a wreck and was extremely intoxicated. He also had his duty weapon on him. I called in the traffic unit and a supervisor. He got charged with both.
I REMEMBER THIS FROM THE WIRE
My brother and his partner pulled over an aid to the mayor of Detroit. She went ballistic on them. A big scandal was uncovered and the mayor went to jail.
GOOD COP, BAD COP
I stopped a car, gave the officer a ticket, sent him on his way. He wasn’t happy, I didn’t care. Same as every other traffic stop.