Bad cop, no donut

My web browser has been filling up lately with stories of police run amok. Maybe they ate too many donuts? Perhaps they should switch to decaf. Whatever the problem, it’s clear that not all the men and women in blue are wearing the uniform to protect and serve. Here are four examples from the last week.

  • Leander Pickett, a teacher’s assistant in Jacksonville, Fla., was directing bus traffic at Englewood Elementary School when a car pulled up and parked, blocking traffic. Pickett asked the driver to please move the car, and that’s when the two men burst out of the car, saying they were from Homeland Security, and handcuffed Pickett and threw him against their car.
  • The Los Angeles Police Department, having completely solved this California city’s crime problems, now turns to the pressing issue of people crossing the street too slowly. Police are now ticketing elderly people who don’t cross the street fast enough because the light timing is set too fast, even for pedestrians who try to run across the street.
  • While the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been busy arresting people drunk in bars, other Texas peace officers have been busy harassing anyone they can get away with harassing, such as anyone with out of state tags on their cars. And they brazenly admit it, too.
  • And finally, the Barnstable County (Mass.) Sheriff’s Department is redefining entrapment by placing undercover deputies in high schools pretending to be students who then beg, plead, cajole, and do whatever it takes to convince unwary students to find them drugs. Consider Kaitlin Keane, 23, who apparently successfully got nine students to bring her drugs so she would stop crying, and allegedly smoked pot right along with them.

If you like these sorts of stories, I recommend the excellent Bad Cop No Donut web site and podcast, from which I found none of these stories, but which has many more.

One thought on “Bad cop, no donut

  • July 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I don’t have any problem with Cops who do there jobs Professionally and Protect our Communities. But when a Cop decides to get Stupid and take the Law in to their own hands, then it’s fair game to single them out. Not only that, but since the Police Department in this Town doesn’t Reprimand or Correct their Officers and allows them to Operate or Behave Inapropriately on the job, I’m going to label this Police Department and Officer individually by name.

    The story takes places in a Town called Madera, which is in Central California, 20 minutes North of Fresno. A Police Officer by the name of ROBERT HILL from the MADERA POLICE DEPARTMENT was called in to talk to me.

    At the time, I was handling a dispute that I had with a particular Goverment Agency there in Madera, the Madera Employment Development Department. We were handling things peacefully and I was behaving as any Respectable Citizen should. But after the Meeting was over, the Police Officer ROBERT HILL came in and started Cursing at me with 4 Letter Words and Foul Language, then proceeded to take me outside and Grill me for another 10 Minutes.

    He then gave me his card and told me to move along and to Deal With It!!! Well, since ROBERT HILL feels that he can do as he pleases on the job and then Command me as he pleases to Move Along and Deal With It, then he must also Move Along and Deal With This Report of his Misconduct while on Duty.

    With that being said, I’ll finish off here and wish Best of Luck to everybody that does the right thing, even when nobody’s watching. This Statement isn’t to Dismantle and Degrade our Police Officers, especially those who do the Right Thing and Perform their Duties to the Utmost of their Abilities and the Top Standard. So again, Good Luck to all and Best of Wishes.

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