No, SERIOUSLY, I really DO respect the police!

Alright, so I am driving home last night, and on my LAST turn before home, there are two things I noticed: the local PD had a unit on the side of the road (officer looking down), and approaching me was a car. Now, as this car was going the speed limit (I DID mention the cop, right?) I did a quick mental calculation and realized that by the time the car would reach the corner I was going to turn, I would be ALL the way into MY street! So I made the turn (just as safe as I predicted, by the way). As I was turning the approaching car blared it's horn at me, as though I had stopped or something. Still not worrying, I continued on (when he honked, I was already all the way into my street and he HADN'T EVEN CROSSED WHERE I HAD BEEN YET!).

I pull up and park in front of my house and, as I am getting out of the car (hands full of the Subway sandwhiches I had just bought) I noticed the police car was now behind me (and half blocking the road, why do they do that? It is a VERY quiet residential street!) The policeman approached me (I am still gettting out of the car, mind you) and says, 'Sir, do you know why I PULLED you over tonight?'

Of course, being the upstanding citizen that I am, I corrected him by pointing out that he DIDN'T pull me over, I had PARKED there because I was HOME! He looked at me, and asked if I knew what street I was on! 'Of course I do, I am on (censored for you stalkers out there). My address is xxxx xxx street.' He then, walks back and calls in my license plate, to which I let him know who the registered owner was and whre that person lives (my mom-in-law, I was borrowing the car). Now, he comes back, asks for my DL and, as he is waiting for THAT check to go through, tells me I CUT OFF THAT CAR! I explained to him why he was wrong, told him EVERYTHING I noticed as I pulled through that street (down to him looking down as I passed him), and of course, he tells me that he WASN'T going to write me a ticket (for WHAT, you penis!) but that I should drive more carefully as, in his opinion, I cut that fellow off!

WHATEVER! WRITE ME THE TICKET THEN!!! Don't do me NO favors! Now my sandwhiches are COLD and my neighbors got to see me being 'pulled over' by the police! GRRRRRRRR And cops wonder why they are unliked! I WANTED the ticket, so I could BEAT it in court! He knew he would lose, I knew he would lose, he knew he should NOT have even pulled me over AT ALL!!!! GRRRRRRRRR

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so, wait, you had to get ...

so, wait, you had to get in front of the car coming up behind you?
If there was enough time and room for you to do it, then they can kiss your ass, you did nothing wrong!

he probably ASSUMED you ...

he probably ASSUMED you cut the guy off cuz the other guy blew the horn at you and he WAS looking down at the time!

which is why he KNEW he ...

which is why he KNEW he COULDN'T write you a ticket!

What a louse! If I told ...

What a louse!

If I told him I was home and he asked "Do you know what street you're on?" I think I'd have had to ask him if *he* knew because he obviously was doubting you and there you are with your subs and parked withOUT him pulling you over... the situation smells pretty bad. Did he ever apologize for doubting you? It doesn't sound like it. He Certainly Owed you an apology! Did he ever even put his lights?

I hope you got his name and/or badge number. I'd report him, better yet, write to the opinion pages of the local newspaper. They hate to be embarrassed. He embarrassed himself and the rest of his department.

Thats how YOU see it. I ...

Thats how YOU see it. I rarely stop ANYBODY that sees that they MAY have done something unsafe or flat put wrong if thats the case. I wasn't there so I can say NOTHING about your incident. keep in mind cops are not robots capable of seeing and hearing little thing. The fact he did not write a ticket tells me he just wanted to make sure if there was a mistake (admitted or not) made that the parties or party he was able to talk to would be a little more careful next time.

Like I said 99.999999999% of people who are 100% in the wrong DO NOT admit their mistakes. It's ALWAYS a cop "picking" on them. Nobody is willing to take responsibility for their F-ups. And people wonder why cops dislike the general public.

Honestly... and not all of us operate with the levels of fairness and integrity that I do, if I have a violator that comes clean and says "yea I'm in a hurry I should be more careful and slow down," or whatever, usually I change my mind and give them a warning. Not without telling them their honesty changed my mind. Keep in mind, if I stop you for 15 or 20 over the speed limit or running the crap out of a stop sign, odds are you're getting the ticket either way but there is discretion in what we do and it should be used wisely.

Should be "every little ...

Should be "every little thing."

not to mean this how it ...

not to mean this how it will sound BUT there's also the skin color issue, I wonder IF Walter were not black, IF he would've approached him at all, that is if it went down like Walter said, I hate the race card thing BUT it STILL happens whether we care to admit it or not!

slappy, regardless of how ...

slappy, regardless of how you say you handle things, police across this country have a record as bad as Bush's when it comes to honesty. That cop did not see what happened unless you are calling Walter a liar. THAT alone puts that cop in the Wrong, period.

Would you not agree that pulling people over for that alleged offense, which the alleged offender may or may not have done, - but which the officer did NOT witness is wrong? That is a yes or no question. Keep in mind when you answer, there are no witnesses other than the driver of the two cars, the cop saw NOTHING.

And Dawn, I had to wonder the same thing. I have ZERO Tolerance for Any type of prejudice and I'm white. I probably hate it as much, if not more, than a lot of blacks since I consider myself exceptionally moral that way and also because I find myself the victim of reverse prejudice because people seem to think that *I* kept slaves (nevermind that I'm in my mid 40's, not EVEN old enough to have been around back then) or my ancestors may have (NOPE, try again) or that somehow I benefited in a Big way, from it making retaliation in a Big way somehow justified. I have never benefited at all from it. In fact, my family, myself directly, and ancestors have been victims as much as blacks many times. I will never tolerate it even if that weren't the case. It's just plain Wrong. A large number of people who subscribe to a certain political party may disagree but that is why they are on their way OUT.

Walter, you were the ...

Walter, you were the victim in this case!
Now-- WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- we can't have a discussion on any subject without the Republican hater puking his vitriole! It's pitiful!!!!!

Sorry if you don't like ...

Sorry if you don't like the facts Chubbymouse but the party of hate has revealed itself for what it is and is on it's ass out the door. Thank goodness for that!!! Finally!!! Some of us have to celebrate. If you don't, then I pity you.

"Would you not agree that ...

"Would you not agree that pulling people over for that alleged offense, which the alleged offender may or may not have done, - but which the officer did NOT witness is wrong?" - Absolutely. But only the officer in questions know what he did or did not see. I can see all kinds of things when my head is pointing down. In fact when my head is pointed down I'm able to move my eyeballs upward allowing me to see lots of things. His head may have been down but that does not mean he didn't see something that warranted a contact with a driver to make sure every thing's peachy. A lot of people think warnings are simply a means to harass people for the fun of it. In fact, I don't know what people in your area do but where I am criminals and / or fugitives don't all come to the station to turn themselves in for what they have done. Stopping traffic violators is the number one action that results in the arrest of a bad guy or some one with a warrant. The fact the officer in Walts case obviously had no intention of arresting or citing him, indicates to me he had two objectives. # 1 - making sure Walt was in a condition to safely be driving a vehicle. ( possible "not being safe" conditions being sick / intoxicated ) # 2 - He had probable cause tomake a stop, thus he had the to see if he had a bad guy. When he saw he had neither, he left and IF Walts turn was a little close with the on-coming vehicle hopefully the contact will remind or encourage Walt in the future to make sure he is careful when turning. Nothing more. The "naive" as I call then will read more into a contact with the police than is true. That is simply a case of innocent ignorance. People who are not cops DO NOT see and do the things we do and CANNOT make even a remotely accurate interpretation of what they see or perceive that have seen or experienced. Not an insult just an educated observation. I think I know Walt well enough to know he certainly may have been perturbed by being delayed but deep down he doesn't KNOW what the officer saw. I make roughly 3500 traffic stops a year, about one third to one half result in a ticket or an arrest. All have the potential to be an arrest for drugs, DWI, weapons etc etc, or may result in the apprehension of a fugitive. Again, the crooks are not waiting in line to turn themselves in, we have to go find them. Contrary to popular belief there is not a super-computer that tells us who all the people are who have EVER broken the law, whether they've been caught or not. Though annoyed and in disagreement with the officer, I'm sure Walt understands the need for traffic stops as a means to apprehend bad guys. I don't like being stopped either.

Just because an officer is ...

Just because an officer is talking to you does not mean he thinks you're are a criminal. If he had thought you to be a criminal he would have started with the "do you have anything in the car you shouldn't......" But he didn't. He perceived right away that it was a "going nowhere" type of stop so he completed his business and departed. I do understand how people feel as far as believing if an officer is talking to you he must think you're a criminal. However, I talk to more people everyday that I do not believe are criminals and like it appears your guy did, I move on. Not to mention all the contacts I had with citizens that re not of an enforcement nature. Many are reporting something to me, many are neighborhood watch people, many just like talking to a cop. So, I feel bad that you feel you had a negative experience with an officer but I can assure you, he does not believe you to be a criminal.

Well Clinton.....ah never ...

Well Clinton.....ah never mind.

slappy wrote: "€œWould you ...

slappy wrote: "€œWould you not agree that pulling people over for that alleged offense, which the alleged offender may or may not have done, - but which the officer did NOT witness is wrong?€ - Absolutely. But only the officer in questions know what he did or did not see."

UH, NOOOOOOoooooooooo. While I don't always agree with his political views that is no reason for me not to afford Walter the benefit of the doubt with regards to his integrity on this issue. Walther says the officer was looking DOWN when this occurred. So someone other than "only the officer" DOES know what he did or did not see. That is, unless you want to call Walter a liar. I have no reason to do that Do you? If you do not, you might want to take back what you said.

If the officer was looking ...

If the officer was looking down when you passed then he didn't see what color you were anyway. Justified or not his intention was probably to stop the car and not the person.
In Maryland the MVA is in bed with the insurance companies as far as warning tickets go. It goes on your driving record and the insurance companies hold them against you, It's not a charge so there is no way to contest it short of civil action.