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Old 11-13-2013, 10:16 AM   #16
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I think we should all pitch in and send that cop some donuts.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #17
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I think it was over reaction to fire the guy....a wrist slap at best. the Trooper that plowed into the biker in Ohio ( I think) just got pulled from the road and kept his job pending investigation. The guy shooting the video had to know there was going to fall-out if he posted the video. I'm surprised they didn't ticket him after the fact for drag racing and speeding.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #18
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OK, I can see where it can be a "bad call" from the mocop.

But damn!

What's the speed limit there? 55mph?

They both exceeded this limit (maximum 66 mph or so) for 1-2 seconds, no more. They were riding between 50 and 60 mph most of the time.

This isn't what I'd call a crazy drag race.

A slap on the wrist? yeah, I can understand. But losing his job?!

It seems to be all or nothing when it comes to LEO disciplinary action.
Yeah,when you consider cops get put on paid leave for a shooting that turns out to be very questionable,or a tazering,or an insanely dangerous highspeed chase that takes out innocent people.
Firing a cop for a little playrace? Cant have a cop showing some humanity.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:50 AM   #19
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The guy shooting the video had to know there was going to fall-out if he posted the video.
Did you see the interview with the guy?...He didn't sound like he knew much.

Was it really a race, or just an impromptu, friendly, spirited (but not too spirited) ride together? That's what it looks like to me.

Would a white cop have been fired by the white Chief there in Montgomery, Alabama?
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:09 PM   #20
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Wow... thats taking it to a different level, give the guy his job back, that was not a "drag race"...
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:31 PM   #21
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According to the news article, he resigned, not fired. That said, he probably got a lot of heat and pressure by the department to resign or risk being fired. Resigning would at least categorize him as a guy who left his job, which could be a boost if he wants to go to another department.

The thing is, IMO, if the idiot he was playing with hadn't posted the video, good chance the officer would have been given 10 lashes with a wet noodle and the issue would have been forgotten. Unless he had had a history of discipline problems.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:32 PM   #22
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I feel sorry for the cop. Nothing dangerous there.

I thought I was going to see redline stuff from thhe title.

Give that poor bastard his job back.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:41 PM   #23
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OK, I can see where it can be a "bad call" from the mocop.

But damn!

What's the speed limit there? 55mph?

They both exceeded this limit (maximum 66 mph or so) for 1-2 seconds, no more. They were riding between 50 and 60 mph most of the time.

This isn't what I'd call a crazy drag race.

A slap on the wrist? yeah, I can understand. But losing his job?!

It seems to be all or nothing when it comes to LEO disciplinary action.
My dad lives in the area so I know the road. It's 45 in most areas and 50 in some, in town with lots of side roads and parking lot in/outs.

I agree the cop shouldn't have been fired/forced to resign. A nice unpaid vacation and issued the same ticket(s) a non-LEO would have received in such an instance would have been sufficient.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #24
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They had to

They had to do something and he resigned rather than put the department through that mess. Hopefully he has been hired on at another department and now knows to always be on guard. Being "cool" and having fun will get you fired as a cop.

Also, what if the bike turned out to be stolen? guy says "It isn't my bike. It's my buddies." Then does a wheelie later on. Kinda goofy if you ask me.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:25 PM   #25
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Poor judgement on the cop's end, but I wouldn't call it a firing offence. A reprimand and a week of unpaid leave, but not fired.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #26
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Oooh! Wait, I need to get my popcorn!
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:43 PM   #27
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A society regressed into the bigotry of the fifties.

I agree a poor decision from the officer's part. Yet, nothing to deserve other than a slap on the wrist.
And a poorer decision from the rider's (noted how the media called them drivers?) for he should have known this would have put the officer in a bad position.

As someone earlier remarked if it hadn't been posted it wouldn't have been an issue.
But really, should we all stay on our toes 24/7 as in the days when spinsters monitored the neighbourhood from behind laced windows?

Ah well, sixties around the corner?
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #28
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Jeez I'm glad I'm retired and there wasn't video cameras when I was out there. Looks like some innocent interaction with the public and good PR work. I guess the Chief had to do something, how about a letter of reprimand in the officers folder? Or it could be he was a problem officer and that was the straw that broke the camels back?
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:53 PM   #29
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I agree it was over kill to fire him. But he probably should have used better judgment and stopped after the first run.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:07 PM   #30
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Jeez I'm glad I'm retired and there wasn't video cameras when I was out there. Looks like some innocent interaction with the public and good PR work. I guess the Chief had to do something, how about a letter of reprimand in the officers folder? Or it could be he was a problem officer and that was the straw that broke the camels back?
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