Matt Potter 7 p.m., Nov. 25
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Stupid Cops -- The No Habla English Edition
Why do police officers surprise me by continuing to do such stupid stuff? Don’t get me wrong, I’m the biggest supporter of the police. I feel bad every time there’s a shooting, because most times, I agree with them. And most of society doesn’t. They seem to be under this belief that cops can get shot at and put their lives on the line, but should try to nick the bad guys in the leg and not shoot them in the chest (which is what they are trained to do, aside from what you might see in a Mel Gibson film).
I’ll proudly use the cliché “Some of my best friends are cops,” although now that I think about it, I can’t really say “best friends.” I do have friends that are officers. When I see them, once a month or whatever it is…our group of friends usually spends that time complaining about our latest tickets.
The Reader did a story on a cop that had put evidence in his locker. If memory serves, it involved dash-cam videos and could result in a lot of cases being thrown out of court.
And on a lot of the talk shows yesterday, I was hearing about this cop in Dallas that gave a woman a ticket for not speaking English.
On CNN, they said one officer gave 39 drivers tickets for this in a three year period.
I would have no problem with cops doing that, except for one small thing. There’s apparently no law against this.
There should be.
I know, I know. The idiot liberals out there will scream and shout about that. But why? I’d like to think that if there’s a sign that says “Slow Down – Road Construction Ahead,” that EVERYONE knows what that means.
Or “yield” and “stop” or whatever other signs you come across.
But what perplexes me is that the cops didn’t know this wasn’t a law. So these $204 fines are going to be thrown out. And there’s talk of charging the officers with “dereliction of duty.”
I think these officers should be given the option of either losing their jobs, or paying back the amount of time spent on these bogus citations. After all, when cops are involved in something like Balloon Boy, they charge the family for the police services. So, why not have these cops pay back our tax dollars? When a ticket is given, they have to sit in their car for awhile, filling out paper work. This adds up.
I can understand how frustrating it might be to pull someone over and ask “Do you know how fast you were going?” Only to hear a response of “No habla English.” Or mere silence.
My initial thought would be that they are just playing that card, hoping for sympathy. I’ve heard from cops that every excuse imaginable has been used. Wives being pregnant, no bladder control, that time of the month, a bee sting, etc etc etc.
If I were an officer, I would ask for the license and registration. And if they didn’t understand what I was saying, I would just proceed as if they refused to hand it to me. I’d ask them to step out of the car. If they don’t step out of the car, I’d gently help them out of the car.
I’d continue asking them for their license and registration, and if they really were that clueless that they not only don’t know English, but they also don’t know the procedure when they’re pulled over -- I’m going to cuff them and take them in. And, they’ll be charged with driving without a valid drivers license and not showing proof of insurance and registration.
I’m guessing most of them would find they know English really quick. And I’m guessing others would think this is extreme. But what’s the alternative? For the cop to grab her purse and get the license out of there? Yeah, right. That’s a whole other can of worms.
And if it became a bad PR move, I’d ask the citizens what they think cops should do when they pull people over and they aren’t cooperating. Or they dare you to tase them. And when the officer does, they’re the ones in trouble.