If you aren’t already mad, this one should do the trick:
Guy in video is riding along – at the speed limit – being passed by dozens of bikes going faster. Cop slides in behind him – and pulls him over. Admits he hasn’t done anything – but is being pulled because the others were.
Then (about 6:26 in) the cop – a typical overweight, buzz-cut, sunglasses wearing jack-off – arrests the guy for having an “obstructed license plate.”
I viewed the video and I am mad.
This SOB is a poor excuse of a human being.
I hope the rider gets a good lawyer and personally sues the pig (apologies to local farm animals), the PD and the City for a ton of FRN payable in gold. (Well one can dream 🙂 )
Me too, Mith.
This incident was among the worst I’ve seen in terms of zero pretext (legal or otherwise) for abusing a person. An “obscured” license plate?
At most, I can see pulling the guy over, checking the plate – and maybe (if the cop is a super asshole) giving the biker a ticket for the “obscured” plate. Even that would be a dickhead move; the usual legalized theft by a costumed ape.
But given the biker’s plates were valid, that all his “papers” were in order – and that he had not committed any moving violation – arresting him/taking him to jail and impounding his bike is beyond belief.
Cops wonder why people hate them incandescently.
This video may help them understand why.
Eric. Did you see the followup reports? He ran (radioed in) the plate before the stop. Mr.Cop got 30 days off and there is now a 1 million dollar lawsuit.
Right. The ingrained reflex in all cops to call in a tag the moment they spot it in order to find something they can use to “get this guy” backfired in a big way.
Several years ago, I had to spin the legal roulette wheel with all my chips on the table, against representatives of not one but two local predatory gangs. They were over-eager to get some convictions on the (at the time) newly-rubber-stamped street racing statutes and reached a bit too far. It came down to a question of timeline – who did what, and when. The key was the exact time when the roadside tax collector ran my tag – as per the aforementioned ingrained reflex. I told my attorney to subpoena the records of all tags run by that particular unit number directly from FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) – through which all data flows for accredited agencies in the state. He asked why FDLE instead of the local PD records. I told him that, like video, those records can get lost or become “unavailable” so easily when it might weaken their case. Police agencies talk a big game about cooperation but when it comes down to recordkeeping, they treat each other with the unspoken understanding that they’re all crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
After explaining that, I said to my attorney, “They’re spending millions of dollars of our money on technology they can use to fuck us. We’re going to use it to fuck them!”
And we did.
The most telling part of that whole ordeal was the way all those who were part of the crime and punishment machine just didn’t care. The judge didn’t care. Hell, that prick scuttled out of the courtroom while the jury was deliberating, claiming he was late for starting his vacation, to be replaced by another bald guy wearing a dress and a indifferent attitude. The two cops didn’t care. They were probably getting time-and-a-half for having to actually string some words together in semi-coherent sentences because a jury isn’t going to just accept their pointed, accusatory finger as gospel the way the traffic court judges do. One of them was even kind enough to show up in his new motorcycle patrol outfit, complete with jackboots and diagonal leather strap across his chest. Oh, if only their uniform shirts were brown instead of white, we would have been witnessing the master race in the flesh.
Other than myself, the only one who had the slightest iota of skin in the game was the prosecutor, who was incandescent with rage at having lost the case – presumably because she would have to answer to her boss for all the taxpayer money she wasted in trying to get another tick mark on their conviction record.
@Ferret. Running the plate is normal, if possible, mainly to check if the vehicle is stolen or flagged “armed & dangerous”. These days with high speed computers the dispatcher will also tell if the owner has any outstanding warrants. But yes, this time it backfired pretty badly on the lying SOB.
According to official documents, the officer radioed in the biker’s plates prior to pulling him over. The plates were clearly not obscured.
Possibly Mel had a glimpse of current LEO recruiting practices:
I remember that movie. Good call. LMAO
I have read that police departments are not hiring applicants that score too high on IQ tests. Deputy Westbrook puts any argument about that to rest.
I’ve heard this also. Apparently, anyone above low normal is undesirable. A person of above-average intelligence is probably more likely to be capable of introspection; is certainly more capable of conceptual thought.
Also, lower intelligence correlates with a greater propensity to be violent.
Just what’s wanted in a law enforcer.
“Also, lower intelligence correlates with a greater propensity to be violent. ”
Ha! No way. I am real smart and I will whip some sumbitch’s ass at the drop of a hat.
On Memorial Day Weekend, motorcycle rider Chris Moore was arrested by Dallas Deputy Schweiniff James Westbrook. The arrest for having a dirty license plate was part of crackdown against sport bike riders. Westbrook made up a charge in order to gain access to the video camera mounted on his helmet. Moore was physically assaulted while held in custody.
The Dallas Schweiniff’s Office suspended Deputy Westbrook for 30-days without pay. He is still appealing, and will most likely eventually receive his previously withheld pay plus interest.
No word yet on dropping the charges against all the other bikers with illegally obtained evidence.
Wrongfully arrested motorcyclist sues for $1 million