Here's One That Will Really Piss You Off

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

“A state trooper waited at least four days after a traffic stop to issue speeding tickets to a fellow trooper and a Gahanna police officer who authorities say were going almost 150 mph on westbound I-70.” So begins an article in T he Columbus Dispatch. Of course, the more you read, the better/worse it gets. “Lt. Shawn Davis, a patrol spokesman, said the delay was to allow Trooper Bryan D. Lee, 25, of the Granville post, to consult a supervisor before issuing the tickets. Waiting for clarification is not uncommon, Davis said, and officers technically have six months to issue a minor-misdemeanor citation under Ohio law. ‘It happens all the time,’ Davis said. ‘I’m sure for a young trooper the fact that it involved two police officers weighed on his decision to seek supervision.'” Ain’t THAT the truth.

Anyway, as you might expect, Lee is not what UK denizens call “The Brain of Britain.” When told of the possible penalty—a $150 fine and a license suspension of up to three years—“Highsmith replied that he wanted to get the charges resolved because of his job, but he implied that the license suspension would be difficult given his work as a trooper. ‘What I did was 100 percent wrong. I made a mistake,’ Highsmith said in court. But after hearing the maximum penalty, he added, ‘I’m going to have to plead not guilty.'” [thanks to Robert Schwartz for the link]

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  • Obbop Obbop on Jul 14, 2009

    Expect all bureaucrats and the lackeys below them to be loyal to pay and pension vice subjective concepts such as freedom, We, the People, and other items of propaganda shoved into the masses' heads that allows the few to live luxurious lives at the cost of the many. It is not for NO reason the label jack-booted thugs has been bestowed upon the members of an increasingly militarized law enforcement bureaucracy, whether local or nation-wide based.

  • Pmd1966 (of GM) Pmd1966 (of GM) on Jul 14, 2009

    This fantasy that law enforcement officers are here to protect you has no basis in fact. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled years ago that the police have no duty to protect you. You are responsible for your own safety. The police come around after the crime has been committed. Most police work is revenue collection, in the form of traffic citations. The last time I was stopped for cutting a yellow light too close. I pulled into a parking lot to get out of traffic. When I looked around, I was surrounded by four police cars with two officers in each car. I was proud to see my tax dollars at work. When you see "Protect and Serve" on the side of a police car know that it means that they protect each other and serve their superiors.

  • R H R H on Jul 14, 2009

    here is a link to support pmd1966's case:

  • R H R H on Jul 15, 2009

    Yet even more proof....the irony is that it is the day after the discussion of police protection in this thread: Todnight (approx 30 minutes ago) I"m nearing my apt in Chicago.. I'm about 2.5 miles north of wilson avenue exit on I-94, driving southbound. Granted this is in a MAJOR urban area, not the suburbs with tons of forest preserves. On the side of the road is a deer, about 50' from the roadway walking downhill. Traffic is zipping by at 65-80. I call 311 to report this and I am told "we can't do anything -- they are always there". NOT EVEN Put up a deer crossing sign ???