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Thread: Ala. officers resigns after "drag racing"

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    Ala. officers resigns after "drag racing"

    Thoughts? The article ain't that important, so I won't C&P it here. Just watch the vid.

    Alabama officer resigns after drag racing video posted on YouTube | 9news.com
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    Another article suggests he was fired.

    I don't think he necessarily should have lost his job. It was lousy stupid judgement, but it doesn't look like their "race" involved excessive speeds (traffic is moving with and around them, including, if I recall correctly, passing them) or other particularly reckless conduct. I could see a suspension, or removing him from motors, or both... but unless there are issues we aren't aware of like having a bad record or other issues, I don't think it should have cost him his job. I definitely see nothing dishonest or unethical here -- unless, maybe, he lied about it happening during an investigation?
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    I can't believe he lost his job for that. Like was said, it didn't appear that they were going very fast. Other traffic was passing them at times. It didn't look like what I would call drag racing, sure they floored it off the line, but I drive like that all the time anyway. Must have terrible or no unions down there, wouldn't have been more than a hand slap in my dept
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    The problem I would have is doing that in uniform on a department motorcycle. It isn't reckless or endangering anyone but neither would a burn out contest in s parking lot. I'm not sure which was the more stupid action though, asking a cop to race or agreeing to in uniform on the department bike. I'm not surprised he lost his job.
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    He should have made a community policing argument. He was just connecting with the bike community in a way they understood and could appreciate.


    A couple days on desk duty, at the very most, is much more appropriate than termination. That's ridiculous.
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    To bad he didn't realize the other biker was just baiting him. I wonder how long it took him to get home, cream his pants and upload that video.
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    After the subject on the red bike in the news interview stated "we were not racing that fast." The reporter stated "racing at any speed is against the law." I just find that reply hilarious because it opens up a Pandora box of witty remarks. As for the officer I don't agree with how everything was handled. He did resign on his own but he would have been fired. I don't want to sound like a arm chair quarterback, I feel that verbal or written reprimand would make sense. Devil's advocate is the guy had a camera on his helmet which is something we need to be cognizant of in law enforcement. People have camera's everywhere in today's society and with the social media being able to make things viral with one click of a button. The officer meant no harm but this video was uploaded and this gives people who do not like law enforcement more ammunition against us. Everybody is watching us when we do our job and know with cameras the whole world is and as law enforcement officer we need to make sure that we retain high levels of professionalism at all times.
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    I didn't get a chance to come back to this as soon as I hoped, and the officer has since been reinstated. That being said, I thought it was ridiculous that the guy had to resign. You would need more than that around here to qualify for "Exhibition of Speed," i.e. squealing tires, etc. At one point, the guy looks at his speedo, and it is hovering between 58-60, and he's passing the cop. I don't know about anyone else, but around here that road would probably be a 50-55 mile per hour stretch. Regardless of what the biker said, I would hardly call that a "race".

    Poor decision? Perhaps. If I were a decision-maker there, however, I would temper that judgment with the fact that he seemed to genuinely want to engender support and interact with a citizen. He was having a good time, doing his job. Maybe not the smartest thing ever, but more a mistake of the mind than a mistake of the heart.

    He's been reinstated, and publicly stated that he resigned to prevent embarassment to his department. That was a stand up move, but I'm sure glad someone said, "Wait a sec..." and encouraged all involved to work it out.
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