A video of a Massachusetts cop emerging from McDonalds and being called out for parking in a handicap space has gone viral, as an example of what happens when citizens police the police.
The cop, carrying a sack of burgers and a tray of junk, walks (able bodied) to his cruiser but is interrupted by a man who asks him if he is aware of the parking infraction.
The officer responds by first claiming that the spot isn’t a disabled bay, a clear lie, as the video footage verifies, and then saying that he can do whatever he wants.
“So you get to park wherever you want?” the man asks.
“That’s right” replies the officer.
As the man pursues the matter, the cop busts out the age old line “Do you know who I am?”
The law-breaking cop then resorts to intimidation, asking the man for his name and pulling out a notepad, as if he’s about to issue a citation or report a crime.
The man stands his ground and tells the cop that he doesn’t have to tell him his name or show ID simply for pointing out police wrongdoing.
The video was posted to the Webster Police Facebook page, prompting several pointed responses.
Coverage of the incident prompted the department to initially respond by defending the officer and claiming that the parking space was a regular spot. However, the Facebook post now seems to have disappeared, along with the entire Webster police Facebook page.
The posts were mirrored on Twitter however:
These kinds of videos are increasingly popping up as more law abiding citizens stand up to law breaking cops. Recently, a video showing a cop being pulled over by a citizen for speeding received a huge amount of attention.