Maybe I'm missing something here because when I heard this soundbite
from the radio, I couldn't understand.... a retired cop said that
"when he was on the force, he hated thieves more than murderers". I'm
hoping maybe a retired cop here can explain this to me. I have no
My buddy was pulled over on Christmas day (I was with) a long time ago.
We were close to our destination and decided to pop the top on some
beers. Well, my buddy blew a stop sign he didn't see at full speed -
and the cop was waiting. He got us both out of the truck and began a
series of questioning. Where are the drugs? Where are the guns?
We didn't have drugs or guns, and I told the main cop (he called for
backup, two more came) I didn't do drugs. He promptly reminded me
alcohol was a drug, and that makes me I liar. He said, "if there's
anything I hate most is a dopehead". I told him he was barking up the
wrong tree (sir), and his pals won't find anything. He detained us for
about 30 minutes while running ID's and my friend let him search the
truck (stupid I know). They were looking for any excuse to take us in.
In the end my buddy got a ticket for the stop sign, and that was it. Why
we both didn't get ticketed for open containers was a shock to us both.
There was a twelve-pack between the seat, with two taken out - and only
a few sips taken from each can. We had just gotten off the freeway and
were only a mile from our destination. They just made us pour out the
I had a funny (not ha-ha funny) feeling if we were not white and they
knew we were expected somewhere soon, those guys would have beaten us up
and fabricated charges. I could tell they just wanted one of us to make
a move they could use as an excuse to pull the batons out. The tension
was thick, so neither one of us gave them that chance, "yes sir, no sir"
and our hands were always visible. They were corrupt as hell. This is
in a small jurisdiction (Patton Village) that is cited in Texas law
books as one that generated most of their income from stopping travelers
on the state highway 59 (about one mile is in their jurisdiction). They
were ordered by the state Supreme Court to cease that practice as it is
Sorry I didn't have an answer to your question. I was wondering what
was up this guys ass too. I had almost forgotten about it until you
brought up weird cop statements.
Most likely he had just pulled too many dead bodies out of cars driven
by drunken idiots who were to stupid to obey simple traffic control
devices, easily read by a five year old, and who still blamed the cops
for their situation.
It's too bad they didn't rough you up a little, it might have taught
something you obviously have never learned.
That was part of the problem I think. On Christmas day you're not
exactly getting the "A team" on duty, all the rookies gotta work the
holidays. We were all about the same age, and these hicks probably were
looking for some 'action'.
Cops hate domestic violence calls and, probably, traffic stops with
uncertain outcomes....don't know until they search the car whether one
has a load of drugs and a gun or two...lots of dead cops have met their
end during traffic stops. One I know was jumped by three guys from the
truck he pulled over...thanks to the variety of self-defense utensils he
carried (and quick reactions) he put all three in the hospital. OTOH,
he looked after the homeless people on his beat, made sure they weren't
freezing or starving and, on occasion, gave them a few bucks for a drink :o)
There is a town like that in Florida...central..can't recall the name.
Just a crossroads with a speed trap. I can understand nailing tourists
who fly through MY TOWN at 20 over the speed limit, and for the need to
pay the mayor with $ that aren't local taxes :o)
One nice deputy in SC (or GA? seems like there was a submarine base not
too far down the road) drove 20 miles on a Saturday morning when I
locked the key in the trunk of my car and picked up another key.
Somebody at the station had borrowed the gadget normally used to open
This has to rank as one of the dumbest things I've
ever seen posted. And that says a lot. Like someone
stealing a TV from your home has a longer and more
profound effect than someone murdering your mother.
That all changed about the time they "convinced" every state to raise
the drinking age to 21.
The problem with drug users is that they begin to get high even before
they begin using their drugs, whether that drug is heroin, marijuana, or
ethanol (this has been viewed on MRI scans of drug users). The very act
of "cracking one open" triggers a response in the brain of the user,
focusing the users mind on the drug and the usage ritual, to the
detriment of focusing on the environment the addict is in.
When this coincides with the user operating a motor vehicle on a
publicly used road, that user becomes a dangerous liability to everyone
else using that road.
This is why "drinking and driving" is considered to be a serious
infraction, every bit as much as driving and doing any other drug.
You actually expect someone here to explain the
personal beliefs of someone you heard on the radio?
I here all kinds of opinions on the radio every day
that make no sense and can't be explained.
My all time favorite was from former NYC Mayor Ed Koch.
He was on the radio defending Bill Clinton. He said that
he would not want Clinton to be executor of his estate, but
he's fine with him as president.
From my sideline experience I would say that most murders tend to be
more or less one offs. Serial killers are rare even today. So, while the
murderers are nasty people, then tend to impact and tear up the lives of
a small number of people. Also, for the most part, they tend to be
easier to catch.
Burglars on the other hand, violate people and do their damage over
a wider swath and often for much longer. They are also much harder to
America is at that awkward stage. It's too late
to work within the system, but too early to shoot
The never-ending frustration for doing paperwork about stolen TV's and
car radios and NEVER getting to shoot anyone :o) Cops I know hated
paperwork :o) When they catch murderers, they might become heroes for a
moment at HQ, perhaps even make the newspaper. Catch a robber/burglar?
Capt. just want numbers more than anything.
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