Whatever patience I had for the police officers in my division has officially withered away this weekend. Sunday night was very busy, and while we were trying to handle real, legitimate jobs, the children continued interrupting work.
A rookie cop calls in and wants “to ask me a question.” Now, we’ve told the officers if they have a question while on the street, they are to call their supervisor. We’re not out there, so we don’t know what’s going on at a scene. This dullard must not have received the memo.
The officer said he was on a car stop and the driver immediately told him he had a pistol in his glove compartment. The magazine was out of the pistol, but there was a round in the chamber. According to the officer, the man was very polite and very respectful. The driver had no prior arrests or warrants. Considering all this, the dullard asks, “Is this a gun arrest?”
I gave the question back to him.
“By your account, the man was polite, respectful, and told you about the gun the second you walked up to the vehicle. The driver has no wants and no criminal record. CAN you arrest him for it? Sure. SHOULD you arrest him for it?
Let me put it this way. The DA likely won’t charge him under these circumstances, because it was not fully loaded, and the man was not carrying the weapon. No, he didn’t have a permit to carry, but he was forthcoming on every other issue. You can either arrest him or not, but remember every time you lock someone up, you’re taking away that person’s freedom. Only do so if you’re sure he needs to be arrested.
One more thing. We’re not the most popular people in the world right now, and most people hate us because we lock people up for nonsense. But hey, the choice is yours.”
Guess what happened?
These asshole cops locked the guy up for a firearms violation. This is why the public hates police officers, and rightly f**king so.
(Many thanks to Mis. Hum at AOSHQ for the linkage.)