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05-18-09, 06:44 PM #1
Washington Times Editorial: Cops gone wild; Too many police break the law during Police Week
The nation's capital is recovering from a week of cops running wild Every year on May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day is celebrated in Washington. During this week, thousands of police drive their squad cars across the country to participate in around-the-clock conferences and parties. There's a candlelight vigil to honor slain officers and a relay race for charities to benefit families of police killed in the line of duty. These are commendable activities to honor the thin blue line that helps keep order in our communities. Unfortunately, the bad judgment of a few rowdy cops can cast a shadow over the week's worthwhile events.
For years, local residents have whispered to one another to stay off the roads at night during National Police Week because of all the police cars swerving wildly after the bars close. This year, the Metropolitan Police took the unusual step of ticketing cruisers because so many were parked illegally. Roll Call ran two photos last week of out-of-state police cars parked in a handicap spot and a space reserved for Zipcars. Emergency fire lanes across the city were blocked by police cars.
The dangerous activity is not limited to automobiles. Drinking while carrying sidearms is an annual part of the celebrations. A few years back, one inebriated officer tripped out of a bar in Chinatown and unloaded his pistol on the bell tower of nearby St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church.
At Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium two years ago, four officers from Signal Hill, Calif., made a public spectacle of themselves at a Nationals-Braves baseball game. With little regard for safety and even less concern for their appearance, these law enforcement officers were chugging down beers while in full uniform with their pistols on their hips and spare bullet clips on their utility belts. One concerned spectator asked them if it was against police regulations to be drinking alcohol while carrying weapons. In response, one of the officers teetered over, spilled his beer, put his finger to his lips and slurred, "shhhhh" - giggling uncontrollably.
A few moments later, a cop jumped out of his seat to celebrate a home run, spilling his beer all over the displeased stranger seated next to him. A whole section of the stadium was yelling "Down in front" as the police blocked spectators' view of play on the field so they could take pictures of themselves in front of first base. At least two concerned citizens called the Signal Hill Police headquarters, were assured that the incident was being looked into, and then received no follow-up despite attempts to discover if any disciplinary action had been taken.
The bad behavior of these police officers exposes a double standard. As one Nationals fan, who is a lawyer, told us: "There's no way those cops could pass a street sobriety test right now. Just imagine how we'd get treated if they pulled us over having consumed half of what they've drunk tonight - and they're packing heat."
We don't begrudge police officers having a little fun, but they need to abide by the same laws they enforce on the rest of us. When they go out for a few beers, they might want to leave their uniforms and guns at home.
05-18-09, 08:07 PM #2Chief Wheaties PisserVerified LEO
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I've gotta tell you that the 1% who do that certainly cast a poor shadow on our profession and the reason for the week. if my chief ever caught me deuce or intoxicated driving a marked squad, I'd be pounding the pavement.
05-18-09, 08:08 PM #3
They referenced one incident "a few years back" and another incident two years ago. Considered there were likely tens of thousands of cops in D.C. in the last "few" years combined....I'd say two incidents is pretty darn good.
Imagine what would happen if you got ten of thousands of electricians or construction workers together for a week every year.
And in regards to the traffic/parking issues. Anytime you have that many people dump into a city for a week long period...you're gonna have parking problems, and you're gonna have traffic problems.
I work in a college city (not for the college, for the city) and we have 2 universities and one tech college graduate on the same day every year. The entire city is gridlocked. College neighborhoods, bars, downtown businesses, everything.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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05-18-09, 09:17 PM #4
I would be interested to see the deviation from the median crime statistics for that week also. You know, just for comparison sakes.
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05-18-09, 10:20 PM #5
Out of everyone who attended I find it funny how they point out the VERY few "bad apples" from over the years. This happens at every type of convention, but a law enforcement function is always in the spotlight. LE can't catch a break!Calm Like A Bomb...
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05-19-09, 11:03 AM #11
I had numerous people approach Countybear and myself when we were in uniform in D.C. a couple of years ago and told us how much safer they felt with us in town. Most of them expressed appreciation to us for being there and wanted to know where we were from. Some offered unsolicited advise on use of the Metro or good restaurants.CB and I were well aware that we were representing our agencies , our state and the profession in which we pledged a sacret oath. We also didn't forget the reason we were there. We didn't want to do anything to spoil the goodwill and hospitality we were receiving. We certainly weren't use to that kind of treatment at home. I would like to think most officers feel the same way. I'm sure over the many years that officers having been making treks to DC some unfortunate incidents have occurred. I'm willing to bet that there have been equal number , if not more interventions by the invading police agencies that have stopped crimes in progress and perhaps saved a life or two.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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05-19-09, 12:02 PM #12
At all times and in all places, we represent out departments, our cities, our counties, our states, and our country. I'm all for having a good time, and believe me I had a good time in DC. But I always kept in the back of my head that to the general public I am a representation of my entire profession. Not only do my actions have the chance to tarnish that, but they also have the chance to improve people's views of law enforcement. I have my fun, but I still choose the latter.CHIRP! CHIRP!
05-19-09, 06:15 PM #13
At least they did not dig up the NYPD incident when the Naked Cop slide down the bannister, the media ate that story up and the brass to this day takes a list of names from each command who plan on attending the memorial (so IAB can baby sit them)
Funny how the media is not mentioning how our wonderful president did not deem the 2009 National Law Enforcement Ceremony important enough to attend. He was too busy welcoming the Philadelphia Phillies to the White House.
Ok media, how about that, never mind the few who could not hold their liquor.
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05-19-09, 07:22 PM #14http://www.odmp.org/officer/16551-de...l-eron-shannon
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05-19-09, 08:05 PM #16
Maybe his teleprompter was out of order.
You basicly know what he'd say anyway - Congradulate you for the great job you're doing, then he'd go make your job easier by picking a liberal Supreme Court judge bent on rewriting civil rights legislation from the Bench, and letting in more illegal aliens who can't speak English.
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05-19-09, 08:18 PM #17
I was actually ok with him not appearing to speak like other president's have. After all, for him to smile in the faces of the survivor families just a couple of days after he proposed cutting the LOD survivor benefit fund by 60% would actually be hypocritical and sickening to see.
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05-19-09, 09:18 PM #18
I find it a personal slap in the face of law enforcement completely that the President's administration chose Police Week to release the survivor benefit cut news. Yes I know the benefits are required to be paid regardless but that's not the point. Then he doesn't have the balls to come and address us, not once but twice. Both times he sent his Attorney General to receive what ever reception there would be.
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05-19-09, 11:10 PM #19The Reason People Hate Cops & Causer of WarSupporting Member Lvl 2
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Most of the cops who come to police week are great examples and behave well. Unfortunately, a few knuckleheads end up making us all look bad.Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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05-19-09, 11:43 PM #20One concerned spectator asked them if it was against police regulations to be drinking alcohol while carrying weapons. In response, one of the officers teetered over, spilled his beer, put his finger to his lips and slurred, "shhhhh" - giggling uncontrollably.He who has the money, signs the cheques.
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