Friday, June 27, 2008

Give Me a Break

I say, "Give Me A Break" to police officers who punish motorists for ignoring rules that the police themselves routinely ignore. In Warren, Michigan, one officer alone ticketed almost 4,000 people because he said they didn't come to a complete stop at stop signs. Reporter Heather Catallo of Detroit's ABC affiliate took her cameras out to see if the cops stopped at the stop signs. Most, it turned out, didn't. Tonight I'll ask Warren's police commissioner if this is just a moneymaking scam. To all those cops who would punish us for what they don't do, I say, give me a break!

~John Stossel, ABC's 20/20, Tonight at 10 p.m. EDT

9 Comments:

At 6/27/2008 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If an off duty police officer or anyone who works in the criminal justice system or their family members is ever pulled over they are usually let off, and if they do get a ticket they can get it fixed. Professional curtesy.

Why should anyone have to pay any ticket, when the law isn't applied fairly?

 
At 6/27/2008 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cops around here change lanes all the time without signaling, rarely come to a complete stop and have a hard job so we should give them a break.

Here is a public service announcement of how to help the police avoid escalating their violence upon you.

 
At 6/27/2008 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see police all the time turn on their lights just to go thru a red light, then turn them off and resume normal driving.

Traffic laws are generally not enforced on military persons either. I had a friend in the Army who made the trip up from Ft. Bragg at about 100 mph, usually got pulled over about 4 times each way. Always handed over his military ID; never got a ticket.

 
At 6/27/2008 11:01 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

It's logical that police have power and power corrupts; therefore, police are corrupt.

It's a simple explanation.

I found out when I was younger that it was not a good idea to turn police officers in who violated traffic laws. Police officers stick together, they really stick together, and you will get tickets when you get on their shit list. I ended up with my driver's license suspended for 90 days over ridiculous tickets that would have not been normally written by police officers who suddenly parked at the end of my road and followed me around every time I left home.

 
At 6/27/2008 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Stoessel also believes gun control doesn't reduce crime.

 
At 6/27/2008 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a start...

Google "police misconduct"
Google "prosecutorial misconduct"
YouTube "police corruption"
Investigate "The Innocence Project"

 
At 6/27/2008 4:05 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> John Stoessel also believes gun control doesn't reduce crime.

Well, since it doesn't, your point would be?

Note to sophist: Anonymous's post (11:13) -- ad hominem.

It makes a statement of association, with nothing of fact even to justify the (obviously intended, but clueless) association that, because Stossel believes the (statistically demonstrable) fact that gun control doesn't reduce crime, that somehow anything else he says is invalid, too.

So he makes an attack by association (which is itself blatantly faulty reasoning), and then compounds it by making the association itself ridiculously ignorant and blatantly wrong.

He compounds his obvious lack of debating skills with a demonstration of general ignorance.

You guys go to school together, or what?

 
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