Appropriate police behaviour

From Slashdot | Suspect Freed After Exposing Cop’s Facebook Status

Damn skippy! (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11, @11:31PM (#27161779)

Tough titty. If you’re a public official, you have to live up to a higher standard than everyone else – it’s part of the deal. Even the appearance of unfairness or impropriety is unacceptable, insofar as it relates to your position.

To this end, I have compiled a list of analogous examples of facebook status lines, as depicted by their various professions:

– Catholic Priest: “Off to work for me…Long day ahead of corn-holing a bunch of kids.”

– Astronaut: “Launch time is tomorrow morning. This time tomorrow, I should be safely in orbit, pulling my pud and spewing my wad into someone’s EVA glove.”

– Programmer for Microsoft: “Damn I got coder’s block. Time to find something useful inside the linux kernel.”

– Local baker: “I just fooled around for two hours with my raunchy girlfriend and haven’t washed my hands. Gonna go bake some bread.”

– Medical examiner: “I’m just so bloody horny lately and dammit the online dating just isn’t working out for me.”

– County Judge: “Feeling a bit woozy right now after sampling everything out of the medicine cabinet.”

– Airline pilot: “Life sucks and I want to die.”

– Cthulhu: “Sometimes i just want a hug.”

Re:What the hell? (Score:5, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11, @11:27PM (#27161749)

A couple days ago, there was an article in the local paper. Someone (college athlete) had been cited for DUI but the charges were dropped. Why? Well, the arresting officer’s report claimed he was visibly drunk, couldn’t stand, was falling over, etc. None of which was corroborated by his own video taping of the event.

The alleged drunk driver refused a breathalyzer test at the time, which some people consider an admission of guilt. Now, I don’t know if he was drunk or not, but consider this: can a police officer who lies on his police report be trusted to accurately report the breathalyzer result? (Keep in mind there’s no evidence, just a number he writes down.)

Re:What the hell? (Score:5, Informative)

by russotto (537200) on Thursday March 12, @12:10AM (#27162081)
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Why? Well, the arresting officer’s report claimed he was visibly drunk, couldn’t stand, was falling over, etc. None of which was corroborated by his own video taping of the event.

Go to court a few times and you’ll realize something interesting… for a lot of cases with the same charges, the officer’s story is exactly the same, only with a few details changed to make it applicable to the particular defendant. Someone booked for DUI will always be slurring their speech, staggering, have bloodshot eyes, etc. Someone booked for resisting arrest will always have been waving his arms and cursing, etc. This isn’t because all the offenses are the same. It’s because the officer’s testimony has no relation to the truth. He’s simply telling the story that gets a conviction.

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