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Old 11-01-10, 01:35 PM
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I hate dumb cops

My dad was a cop and I spent a dozen years as both a cop and/or a commissioner, so obviously I don't hate cops...I just hate dumb cops like the one my wife met while on Grand Jury duty this past month.

While discussing our love of riding bikes, she mentioned that I ride to and from work, often in the wee hours of the morning. She didn't mention my background, which is probably why he had no problem telling her that I was lucky he never saw me riding at night, since anyone riding a bike a night was obviously up to no good and that he would arrest me if he saw me.

I gave her a message for him - "make my day, punk".
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She trolled him hard.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
My dad was a cop and I spent a dozen years as both a cop and/or a commissioner, so obviously I don't hate cops...I just hate dumb cops like the one my wife met while on Grand Jury duty this past month.

While discussing our love of riding bikes, she mentioned that I ride to and from work, often in the wee hours of the morning. She didn't mention my background, which is probably why he had no problem telling her that I was lucky he never saw me riding at night, since anyone riding a bike a night was obviously up to no good and that he would arrest me if he saw me.

I gave her a message for him - "make my day, punk".
Could you be more specific on the location? I would like to ride my bike there at nght. I could use the money from the suit settlement.
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I'm not fond of stupid people in general, but when it's a stupid cop, then there's the issue of stupid with power. That's not a good combination. They need to screen these guys better.

Just one more reason to get a helmet camera.
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Old 11-01-10, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by billdsd View Post
I'm not fond of stupid people in general, but when it's a stupid cop, then there's the issue of stupid with power. That's not a good combination. They need to screen these guys better.

Just one more reason to get a helmet camera.
The screening is a joke in many cases...*******s fall through the cracks, good people get dumped for BS.

Crap, that must make me a *******.

But in all fairness...the biggest *******s don't come that way out-of-the-box, the job molds recessive *******s into overt *******s.
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There was a rumor around here that they give prospective cops an I.Q. test. Scoring above average is a fail. It is likely not true, but it sure seems that way. The local cops gave an "officer of the year" award to the buffoon who tasered a peaceful protester while the protester was on the ground being handcuffed for walking in a crosswalk. This same cop tasered a student from China in the student's bedroom; the cop fell over the student and got scared. I always try to be nice to the few humans on our police force. I feel sorry for them for having to work with so many idiots.
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One of my brothers is a 20+ year veteran of a LARGE metropolitan police department who now works in IA complaint intake office. It has always really pissed him off to work with idiots, some of whom are in it for the power rush, some of whom are just idiots. Now he gets to listen daily to complaints about the dept and/or individual officers. Of course there are some real nut cases who complain about the department's black helicopters following them around, but some folks have real complaints against ******* cops. My brother no longer has to work with them on the streets, but now he has to receive complaints about them.
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I was stopped once on suspicion of B&E while riding my bike. I asked the cop what had been stolen, and she said some TVs and electronic stuff. I told the cop I didn't do it, but she was welcome to search my vehicle for the loot. And she actually looked!!!

On a sadder note, my friend was stopped, also for a B&E, of a warehouse this time. He didn't have any ID on him, so they took him to the police station for an hour or two. He was made to leave his bike at the "crime scene: of course his bike was ripped off. He got no compensation and not even an apology. In fact, the police wouldn't even take a report on the stolen bike.
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Originally Posted by kjmillig View Post
One of my brothers is a 20+ year veteran of a LARGE metropolitan police department who now works in IA complaint intake office. It has always really pissed him off to work with idiots, some of whom are in it for the power rush, some of whom are just idiots. Now he gets to listen daily to complaints about the dept and/or individual officers. Of course there are some real nut cases who complain about the department's black helicopters following them around, but some folks have real complaints against ******* cops. My brother no longer has to work with them on the streets, but now he has to receive complaints about them.
Does he actually DO anything about the complaints?
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I was stopped once on suspicion of B&E while riding my bike. I asked the cop what had been stolen, and she said some TVs and electronic stuff. I told the cop I didn't do it, but she was welcome to search my vehicle for the loot. And she actually looked!!!
Of course she looked, she figured she would at least find some drugs.
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Old 11-02-10, 03:27 PM
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Remember that buddy you gave a ride home to. A dimebag fell out of his pocket and wedged in the cushion in the back seat. Enjoy your possession charges. If any cop wants to search my car or my panniers, they can go get a warrant.
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Old 11-02-10, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
There was a rumor around here that they give prospective cops an I.Q. test. Scoring above average is a fail.
People say the same thing about police recruitment in Hartford, CT...
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Originally Posted by SCROUDS View Post
Remember that buddy you gave a ride home to. A dimebag fell out of his pocket and wedged in the cushion in the back seat. Enjoy your possession charges. If any cop wants to search my car or my panniers, they can go get a warrant.
How often does that actually happen to anyone? And wouldn't your druggie friend want his stuff back...?
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
There was a rumor around here that they give prospective cops an I.Q. test. Scoring above average is a fail. It is likely not true, but it sure seems that way. The local cops gave an "officer of the year" award to the buffoon who tasered a peaceful protester while the protester was on the ground being handcuffed for walking in a crosswalk. This same cop tasered a student from China in the student's bedroom; the cop fell over the student and got scared. I always try to be nice to the few humans on our police force. I feel sorry for them for having to work with so many idiots.
so I wasn't just a *******, I was a stupid *******!

Good thing I didn't start this thread for an ego boost.
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Does he actually DO anything about the complaints?
This is the important part. There are very few bad cops, but there are a lot of good cops that will protect the bad ones.
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Yep. Tyranny wears blue.
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This is the important part. There are very few bad cops, but there are a lot of good cops that will protect the bad ones.
Protecting a bad cop makes the protecting cop a bad cop.
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Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
Protecting a bad cop makes the protecting cop a bad cop.
Yeah. Aside from the fact that they knowingly allow bad things to continue happening, I wish they would realize that by protecting the ones that are doing bad things, they are undermining the credibility of all cops, and thus making their own jobs harder. All good cops should want to get rid of the bad ones as much as possible.

The police union in the Patrick Pogan case was behind him 100%. They should have been kicking him to the curb. I don't understand how anyone can condone such a blatant case of perjury, not to mention clearly unnecessary violence. The guy was a thug. He didn't even have decades of experience dealing with scumbags distorting his perceptions as an excuse. He was on the force for a few weeks. I'm still angry that the judge sentenced him to nothing, even though he was convicted of a felony.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
The screening is a joke in many cases...*******s fall through the cracks, good people get dumped for BS.

Crap, that must make me a *******.

But in all fairness...the biggest *******s don't come that way out-of-the-box, the job molds recessive *******s into overt *******s.
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so I wasn't just a *******, I was a stupid *******!

Good thing I didn't start this thread for an ego boost.
You're gonna have todo some hail marys for that!

BTW, chances of finding a "dumb" or at least unintellectual cop are high... most only bother to get a high-school diploma. Do a good job and they'll promote you to a level where you're not and then you'll fit in!
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
People say the same thing [police recruits get IQ tests -- those who score too high aren't accepted] about police recruitment in Hartford, CT...
People say that a lot about police everywhere. As far as I know, it's not true anywhere, though it may have been true a few places in the past -- though if it's ever true, the cutoff was significantly higher than an IQ of 100 (average).

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See officer deRosa in the Taunton Gazette cyclist knocks over two parking meters and then rides in to a car story - elsewhere in this forum
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
How often does that actually happen to anyone? And wouldn't your druggie friend want his stuff back...?
Many of us have relatives with drug problems. This is one reason I don't let my sister near my condo or car or anything. Luckily she doesn't live by me anymore, but if she did I would have a real fear of getting arrested due to some stupid thing she did with/on my property.
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Originally Posted by billdsd View Post
I'm not fond of stupid people in general, but when it's a stupid cop, then there's the issue of stupid with power. That's not a good combination. They need to screen these guys better.

Just one more reason to get a helmet camera.
Most of my riding this year has been in the evening hours, sometimes going into late evening. So, despite that I have a good headlight, taillight / red reflective tape, and that I wear reflective ankle bands as state law requires, I'm obviously up to no good in this guy's judgment. Excellent. Just what we need.

Agreed, stupid with power, or cover of authority, is not a good combination at all.
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Originally Posted by dougmc View Post
People say that a lot about police everywhere. As far as I know, it's not true anywhere, though it may have been true a few places in the past -- though if it's ever true, the cutoff was significantly higher than an IQ of 100 (average).
Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
People say the same thing about police recruitment in Hartford, CT...
If I remember correctly it was New London Ct. PD refused to hire a man who scored high on the test. He sued and it went to the Ct. supreme court and they ruled that the police department can discriminate against intelligence in hiring.

Unfortunately the police ranks are filled with former high school bullies who are too stupid for college and too lazy to get a job in the trades.
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I obviously started this thread because, like Jesus, I wanted to suffer for the sins of mere mortal cops.
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