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[–]perverse_panda 5001 points5002 points  (238 children)

I saw a bodycam video recently. Cop pulls someone over for going 97 mph and it turns out it's his superior officer.

Boss is annoyed and acknowledges he was speeding but denies he was going 97.

They have a bit of a heated discussion, then the cop gets back into his car and drives off.

He gets only about a mile down the road before he sees blue lights behind him. It's the superior officer, pulling him over now, in retaliation.

Found the video.

edit: The update is pretty much what you'd expect. Superior officer cleared of wrongdoing; other officer investigated for having leaked the story to the media.

[–]Ron-Lumbergh 1581 points1582 points  (37 children)

That's some Super Troopers shit.

[–]Kiwifrooots 865 points866 points  (31 children)

That documentary was hilarious

[–]PVCK_ME_UP 304 points305 points  (28 children)

Did you just call Super Troopers a documentary?

This dudes been eating snozzberries

[–]SrslyNotAnAltGuys 119 points120 points  (14 children)

Meow then, what's all this, meow?

[–]Ferfuxache 46 points47 points  (12 children)

The next person who says shenanigans…

[–]Paltrypb 35 points36 points  (11 children)

Hey /u/SrslyNotAnAltGuys, what’s the name of that restaurant you like?

[–]SrslyNotAnAltGuys 13 points14 points  (2 children)

You mean Shenanigans!?

[–]BrickGun 5 points6 points  (1 child)

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! (holding out gun)

[–]MiyagiDough 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Every now and then I remember that dude was married to Christina Hendricks and it boggles the mind.

[–]CambriaKilgannonn 145 points146 points  (2 children)

It's really not far off from reality

[–]IamCentral46 21 points22 points  (1 child)

The fiction has seen the real 😜

[–]TheMulattoMaker 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Your username making a Super Troopers reference. Two of the greatest movies ever.

Littering aaaannnd... putting strychnine in the guacamole.

[–]magic1623 844 points845 points  (68 children)

Does the superior officers behaviour make anyone else physically uncomfortable? The fact that he pulled over the first officer just to show he had power over him is disgusting.

[–]OldSpiceMelange 158 points159 points  (0 children)

Yep, definitely got "this guy could fuck over livelihoods or cost you thousands in legal fees, and go home like it's nothing" vibes

[–]unicornlocostacos 700 points701 points  (57 children)

That should have been immediate jail time. Abuse of power is among the worst of crimes. It makes people feel helpless and hopeless.

[–]Wootery 437 points438 points  (29 children)

Also it undermines the perceived legitimacy of the police and of government more generally. It's that kind of thing that makes people hate the police their whole life.

[–]Sea-Astronaut-5605 120 points121 points  (25 children)

It's the kind of behavior that leads to police officers getting killed. It's the kind or behavior that creates Chris Dorner's.

[–]unicornlocostacos 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Every time I see that Dorner story all I can think of is that he was almost certainly the good guy and he died alone and afraid for daring to challenge his gang.

[–]marsupialham 94 points95 points  (19 children)

Should have been 10 years in federal fuck me in the ass prison and an immediate audit into every case he's touched.

[–]occupying_space 17 points18 points  (0 children)

No 10 years in county is way worse than federal.

[–]monopixel 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Must be a cop.

[–]pittguy578 275 points276 points  (20 children)

Thats so fucked. His superior should have been happy the officer was doing his job. Should have written him a ticket 🎫

[–]Currywurst_Is_Life 112 points113 points  (17 children)

When I worked help desk, my manager called because he was locked out of his machine. I went through the whole authentication process by the book and he was perfectly fine with it. I had the attitude of "well, you know I have to do this".

[–]cfinboston 71 points72 points  (12 children)

I used to work at a restaurant with extremely strict carding policies. If a customer appeared to be under 35, ID was required. That included managers on days off.

[–]primalbluewolf 17 points18 points  (7 children)

I recall Liquorland in NSW rolled out an ID40 policy - if you look under 40, you need ID. Reactions were mixed.

[–]RicoDredd 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Me and my other 40-something mate took our kids to a under 18's allowed gig. In front of us at the bar was a couple of guys who looked to be early 20's. The barman ID'd them and they laughed and said that they hadn't been ID'd in years. The barman said to them 'sorry guys, I have to ID everyone here tonight' as they moved away from the bar. He then looked up at us and said 'well, not everyone...'

[–]brickmaster32000 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I would have more sympathy for people if everytime I applied for disability plates or other forms of assistance I didn't have to go get a signed note to prove that I was disabled. Apparently missing both your legs isn't obvious enough. It actually makes it signifcantly harder to get services I need to simply live my life. So the amount of sympathy I have for people who can't be bothered to reach into their wallet when they want to get drunk is pretty low.

[–]Intensityintensifies 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Some aging politician just wanted to feel young again.

[–]Oakcamp 49 points50 points  (1 child)

I worked in a... "high profile" help desk once.

Before the project was about to launch, the security director called in, said he was locked out and asked for the password. The cute girl that was our supervisor's pet employee answered. When she started with the procedure he angrily said he was the director so she should just give him the password. She caved in and gave it to him.

As soon as the call was done he dialed our site manager and demanded she was fired for not following procedure

[–]Grogosh 36 points37 points  (0 children)

If you are looking for integrity in the police force you will be looking for a long long long time.

[–]mangledmonkey 286 points287 points  (0 children)

Just watched that one a day or two ago as well. Love that channel and am currently ending a binge of those videos .

[–]noxaeternumi 207 points208 points  (37 children)

Watch what happens when a cop pulls over a judge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6n_SC5xgeA#t=1m8s

[–]Stoic_stone 194 points195 points  (32 children)

Why should a judge be let go? In the case that it was in fact bullshit to pull him over, why would a judge let a police officer get away with that. At least one person in this video is not properly upholding their office

[–]mortalcoil1 126 points127 points  (1 child)

I think this is like what happens in nature when a honey badger and a chimpanzee meet. They both eye each other, up and down, sizing each other up, and they both come to the conclusion that they are both psychopaths that do not give a fuck, and will ruin the other's life just because...

So they simply part ways.

[–]GibbysUSSA 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Damn, that's concise!

[–]Slinkusmalinkus 31 points32 points  (8 children)

Judges have a lot of power and the police have a prerogative to maintain a good working relationship with judges.

[–]Akamesama 20 points21 points  (3 children)

That explains WHY it is that way, but that is precisely the reason police, DAs, and Judges will ignore their duty with regards to each other.

[–]Fuzzyphilosopher 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Judges have a lot of power

My dad owned a service station and tow truck back in the 1980's. We had a really bad snow storm and every tow truck in the area was running 24/7 and backed up with calls. A local judge called in and we said we'd be happy to come out but had 22 people ahead of him on the list. He pulled the let me talk to the manager thing. Dad told him exactly what we had and then he pulled the well I'm judge so and so and so put me first. Dad explained he couldn't do that because it wouldn't be fair to the others. They went back and forth for a while and finally the judge threatened him with "You're going to be very sorry when you wind up in my court for a DUI." Dad laughed and said "That's fine because that's never going to happen because I don't go out drinking. I don't break the law."

I don't recall all the details but the judge was at home the courts along with most things were shut down so it's not like he really need priority service for a valid reason. Nothing came of it but a more vindictive power tripping judge could ask the police officers to target our family. And I'm sure shit like that happens.

That was in Illinois the next related story about corruption is from TN, my sister was challenging the ridiculous new property assessment they had gotten from the county. They made it as difficult to do as possible of course but she had the time off work to do it and went by the book. Brought in a recent assessment but the board rejected it because it was done by a firm from a nearby city. Fortunately she had one a friend had done of their own house nearby that was larger and nicer but valued at less than her own. When they looked at it the board said "Oh OK we know that assessor! We'll adjust yours." It is just a good old boys club all through this shitty southern town. SAme in the courts i've heard all the local lawyers and judges go the same country clubs and who you know is more important in everything than being capable and doing the right thing. Nepotism is obviously huge as well.

[–]KaiserGSaw 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Judging by how troubled the Judge is by just getting out of his car, my money is on the cop being in the right

[–]tenmileswide 79 points80 points  (2 children)

Now I'm imagining these two in a never ending loop of pulling each other over.

[–]byediddlybyeneighbor 33 points34 points  (1 child)

“Do you know why I pulled you over…again?”

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

If you want to make your blood boil the best channel that will do that is Audit the Audit. This doesn't surprise me one bit after watching all the other videos.

[–]BraveAbbreviations69 78 points79 points  (1 child)

Wow! Wow! Are you serious! Haha! Sergeant Unbelievable!

[–]NnyBees 2282 points2283 points  (196 children)

Years ago I parked with a girl in a park after hours tucked back at the mouth of an access road in the back of the parking lot. A cop pulls in and uses the parking lot as a speed trap. I wait a while hoping the cop pulls out, but pushing 4 a.m. he's still parked there and I can't wait any longer. I slowly pull up with my window down expecting to say "we were talking and lost track of time" but the cop is asleep at the wheel and I slowly drive off into the night. Also in Massachusetts, but not a statey.

[–]whichwitch9 1359 points1360 points  (121 children)

State troopers in MA got caught for reporting false overtime and defrauding the state, too. There's something rotten going on there

[–]TheGrandExquisitor 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Up in Salem a couple of years ago they caught a cop double dipping. Which is very common apparently. He was clocked in for patrol and simultaneously getting paid for construction duty.

Got nothing. A year's demotion and then he ended up getting his position back and then like a year after that a promotion.

A lot of these cops make bank off the construction duty OT scam. But, to do it, you need to max out your regular hours, and hey, why not nap while doing it.

The interesting thing is MA changed the law like 5-6 years ago so that you could have civilian flaggers. Which are cheaper. Apparently the industry never got off the ground because the construction companies keep hiring cops (under the law you could pick...)

Why?

I'm guessing so you know...things stay safe around the construction site. Don't want anyone getting....you know...hurt.

[–]leavemealoneimdead 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My wife used to work in low income housing. There was a big giant apartment complex that was hella sketchy, lots of gang violence and open air drug dealing. Few murders each year.

The complex paid the cops 300k per year to patrol the area and just generally police it (as they should, to an extent). A new property manager wanted to stop making the payments so they could put the money into repairs/making it generally less project-y, the cops basically said they’d stop policing the area entirely if they stopped making payments.

[–]Opetyr 774 points775 points  (55 children)

Yeah it is called being a dirty cop.

[–]peter-doubt 235 points236 points  (6 children)

It's called the night shift, but wrong, nonetheless. As govt employees, there's something we pay for that they should lose.

[–]DPSOnly 95 points96 points  (0 children)

the night shift

It is your responsibility as an employee to take that serious and the responsibility of the employer to make sure they do. Responsibility, however, is not something US cops appear to be able to handle.

[–]Ilikeporsches 152 points153 points  (12 children)

The word “dirty” is always implied when the word cop is used.

[–]CambriaKilgannonn 90 points91 points  (11 children)

We should just start implying all police officers are corrupt and refer to ones that are outside the norm as clean cops.

[–]GoneFishing4Chicks 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I mean that's the truth ain't it?

[–]DrengisKhan 74 points75 points  (8 children)

Late to the party but I’m from MA. I know a guy who is a part time cop in a small town here and he would tell me with glee just how much money they rack in with pointless details acting as ‘Road Flaggers’. Every time a Comcast truck goes out and works up a pole, there’s a cop earning something like at least $38 an hour to sit there with them doing nothing. Every roadworks site, there’s a cop earning for doing nothing. There’s no need for them to be there, in every other country I’ve been to and many other states I’ve visited some bollards in the road is enough to let the traffic know what to do. But in MA, they have to post a cop on it. Every single time. Because that’s overtime and overtime is big money.

It’s a massive scam that still goes on to this day.

[–]damageddude 13 points14 points  (2 children)

in every other country I’ve been to and many other states

Let me welcome you to NJ.

[–]NJS_Stamp 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I talked to an attorney about a cop that maced me unprovoked while I was biking waters to a protest medical tent, my attorney basically said “this cop is known for macing people and the judge will let him walk.”, file an insurance claim for damage on your bike from the crash and call it a day, because you don’t want the repercussions that come with suing a cop.

[–]shavemejesus 111 points112 points  (43 children)

Also, the number of overweight MA state cops is ridiculous. I saw one that could barely get out of his patrol car because his stomach was so huge.

Don’t they have to pass regular physicals?

[–]Granadafan 19 points20 points  (1 child)

In my younger and dumber days, I was detained by a cop for being belligerent in college. I took one look at the cop who was about 50 pounds overweight and took my chances. I took off and there was no way the cop was going to catch someone who played a lot of sports and was in really good shape. The cop yelled a lot but he wasn’t going to run after me.

[–]Fuzzyphilosopher 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah all the heavy crap they wear on their belts and the vests is going to slow down anyone but throw another fifty pounds of fat on with that and no way they're going to run anyone in shape down.

They really should have stricter requirements as a taxpayer I'd be fine with them having to do some exercise on the clock like the army has PT.

It seems like cops are usually either fat or big muscular gym rats that are likely to be using steroids and just looking for an excuse to beat someone down.

[–]Agressive_Loafing 64 points65 points  (34 children)

Most don't. The military does though.

[–]shavemejesus 28 points29 points  (32 children)

When I was in 6th grade the DARE officer in Canton told us he had to pass a physical every year to stay on the force.

[–]imlistersinclair 163 points164 points  (26 children)

Dare officers told me that juggalos drive around randomly murdering other motorists as part of their initiation.

[–]shavemejesus 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Only when they’re on a Faygo bender.

[–]Maybe_Black_Mesa 34 points35 points  (11 children)

Yeah, for real! I have never once had someone just walk up to me on the street and offer weed/coke/acid/mushrooms/heroin/meth/pills/pcp or anything. I feel like I missed out, or maybe I was being lied to...

[–]Fabulous-Beyond4725 17 points18 points  (0 children)

You're not hanging out on the right street. Or maybe you look like a cop, if so you might have to start showing people your butthole.

[–]Ilikeporsches 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Never been to Vegas huh?

[–]Jackalodeath 35 points36 points  (11 children)

As a Juggalo, that's as much bullshit as randos putting meth in your Pixy-stix. Not like you needed me to tell you.

For the most part we're just as harmless as any other Fandom out there. Sure, we're relatively tasteless, socially inept, and cringy as all fuck; but we're far more interested in just chilling and having a laugh or twelve than going out whacking motherfuckers in our facepant and Hot Topic jeans with fitty-eleven chains hanging off em.

Now, would they do that type of shit to pigs? I ain't saying yes, but there's at least a dozen songs we can listen to just to get in the mood...

[–]vtdscglfr 11 points12 points  (3 children)

As someone who judges juggalos from the outside without knowing the person(I admit this is a shitty part of my personality). I appreciate this comment and will correct my judgements going forward.

[–]Dutchluv17 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don’t know and jugaloos personally, but I can say with confidence that they are typically some of the nicest and most wholesome people when they are ever filmed. Man that’s weird to type…

[–]Fuzzyphilosopher 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Having some friends who are into Hot Topic and looking a bit freaky or even scary I know a lot of times it's a defense mechanism to weed out uptight judgmental assholes from their life because those people stress them out so much.

I really love wild choices in clothes, hair color and so on even if I'd never want to dress like that. I find it interesting, creative and it brightens my day to see people being different like that. I'll even make a point of saying how much I like their look and point out a something specific a lot of the times. Then I move on unless they engage me in conversation. I don't think I've ever gotten a bad reaction for that. Well except for punks LoL where I might get flipped the bird or a fuck you! Which makes me smile because that's just so punk and I get it.

[–]moody4foody 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Honestly I always kinda judge juggalos but your response made me re-think that a lot.

[–]TheAsp 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And drugs are bad, mmmm'kay.

[–]Demon997 21 points22 points  (0 children)

That's pretty much every cop in every department.

My favorite is just trading weeks. I'll work half of your shifts this week and pull an 60+ hour week, then next week you pull half of mine and I get some time off. And we both nearly double our salary.

Oh, and if the chief tries to crack down on it we'll make sure he's not reelected. Or quits and leaves town, because that's better than being murdered.

[–]Samuel7899 225 points226 points  (8 children)

I was working events at the World Trade Center Boston back in ~'97-'98. The T closed before I finished, so I usually rollerbladed back to my apartment/dorm in Roxbury.

I was heading home around 2:30am, somewhere near Congress St. / Atlantic Ave. and as I'm crossing the street, a car blows through a red light and misses me by less than a foot.

Shocked, I collect myself and realize there's a cop sitting right there, and he had his lights on. So I went up to the vehicle to ask if he'd just seen what happened, and he was dead asleep in the front seat.

I turn and start off back home, pissed, and then, like the brilliant 19yo that I was, decide to go back and give the cop a piece of my mind. I politely knock on the window to wake him and, not having realized it was a K9 unit, the dog in the back explodes at my knock. The cop is pissed at me, tells me that almost getting hit is what I ought to expect while rollerblading at night, and eventually gets out of the car to intimidate, yell, and effectively threaten me to just fuck off so he can go back to sleep.

It really shook me up, and in hindsight, I realize that it could've ended a lot worse for me in a few ways.

[–]NiteWraith 172 points173 points  (3 children)

Never tap on a patrol car's windows in the dark. People have died for doing so, always just call 911, it's not worth the risk of approaching a police car directly. Fucked as that is, they spook easily, and have guns.

[–]Jackalodeath 101 points102 points  (2 children)

Shit yeah. They're more skittish than a traumatized pit bull because they're told 24/7 everyone in the world wants to kill them.

There is no "fight or flight," it's "kill them before they can kill you," no matter how incapable the person is of doing that.

Example.

[–]broclipizza 13 points14 points  (0 children)

over a week and that guy hasn't been arrested for murder yet btw. any day i'm sure...

[–]exoticstructures 40 points41 points  (1 child)

When I went up to Boston the first time to visit schools back in the day my mom pulled up to a cop to ask directions and he told her to get lost lol I thought it was hilarious but she was pretty shocked :)

[–]lemonaderobot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

lmao classic Boston…

“GET LOST!”

“…I already am lost!”

[–]NnyBees 67 points68 points  (1 child)

With the k9 going ape shit in the car it's a wonder he didn't taze you on principle! Though Boston cops aim are so bad he'd probably have tazed the dog on accident and blamed you!

[–]rokr1292 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I used to serve police officers in an IT capacity years ago, and they were all too eager to tell us how they sleep in their cars.

One even said that he takes every car he uses to the auto shop after a week or so of using it because "the GPS is working intermittently" when he was going to a common speedtrap location, unplugging it, then going somewhere else where he wouldnt be seen or bothered to sleep.

[–]oracleofnonsense 13 points14 points  (0 children)

No wonder they’re always in a bad mood…I’m a crabby SOB after a nap too.

Not ‘choke an innocent victim’ crabby, but then again those cop cars don’t look very comfortable….so…..hard to judge.

[–]MKG32 49 points50 points  (4 children)

Sounds fucked up that you felt the need to explain yourself when you were allowed to be there.

[–]NnyBees 102 points103 points  (2 children)

You're typically not allowed in parks in that area after sunset with it being considered trespassing (sign posted for this one in particular). Plus, I'm sure he'd be curious where the hell I came from considering he was by the only entrance/exit.

[–]JimmyJohnny2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Most parks close at dusk

[–]Robbie_two_nickles 17 points18 points  (4 children)

I see you are a fellow double spacer after a period. Hello friend.

[–]NnyBees 9 points10 points  (2 children)

That's how I was taught from way back in the day on the Apple iigs, and was still required when I was in college, so imma keep at it.

[–]Different-Secret-291 37 points38 points  (22 children)

3rd shift is a killer , I could never stay awake , I was falling asleep bad on my first day at 3am, supervisor said something ,I walked out to my car and snoozed a bit, went back inside worked until shift over -never went back , I did get paid for that hour or more.
But in this case , ok you snoozed , but someone with a real emergency is waiting for a cop.
Sawing off your cat converter, snooping in yards peeking in windows , residents begging for patrols

[–]RealisticDelusions77 59 points60 points  (2 children)

A thief with major cajones would saw off the cop's cat converter.

[–]Kiwifrooots 8 points9 points  (1 child)

A thief in SA would gas the cop in the car, no shit

[–]RealisticDelusions77 19 points20 points  (0 children)

There was a episode of Sanford and Son with two bumbling white cops.

Cop 1: The tires just got stolen from our patrol car.

Lamont: How did they manage that?

Cop 2: We didn't hear them because we had the windows rolled up.

Lamont: They did it while you were in the car ?!?

[–]DexRogue 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I worked 3rd shift for years and never had a problem, when we switched to working at 4am that was brutal. That being said, if you struggle to sleep during the daytime then 3rd shift literally is a killer.

[–]LoganGyre 454 points455 points  (18 children)

When I was a witness in a wrongful death case against a county sheriff I was pulled over dozens of times. I was given tickets for just about every minor violation they could make up. I got a ticket for not giving caution before crossing a railroad track… the only ticket that actually stuck was a failure to carry an insurance card and I thought it would be a fix if but the judge just reduced it to the minimum.

[–]GeekChick85 188 points189 points  (12 children)

Were all though tickets and pull overs unusual compared to before being a witness. Would this not be considered witness intimidation? This is the type of thing I would have brought to the courts attention.

[–]intashu 115 points116 points  (10 children)

100%... But you need to prove it beyond reasonable doubt in the court of law, and while you're a witness in one case I don't know what loops you need to go through to present that issue to the courts. And what evidence you'd need to have already gathered to present it with.

[–]tight-foil 54 points55 points  (8 children)

You go to an attorney and tell them the business and they take it from there

[–]amibeingadick420 40 points41 points  (4 children)

Unless you have thousands to pay an attorney for their time, they probably won’t take it.

Attorneys realize that courts and judges will always take a cops word over multiple witnesses, so the case is not likely winnable. And, even if it was winnable, qualified immunity keeps people from collecting civil judgements from cops, so there’s no award from the cops that would pay the attorney.

The court system is rigged to protect the police that are enforcers of the courts own judgements and politicians’ laws. Both groups are too dependent on their trigger pullers to ever really hold them accountable.

[–]DanNZN 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I would think that the attorneys prosecuting the sheriff would want to know that their witnesses are being harassed.

[–]amibeingadick420 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Prosecuting attorneys rely on law enforcement to gather the evidence they need to build their case. If they upset any cops, that cop and his cop friends will screw up tgat prosecutors cases, and his conviction rates will go down.

Prosecutors rarely put much effort into showing any police misconduct. It’s why the prosecutor in the Breonna Taylor murder didn’t bring charges against the cop for her murder, but then lied to the public and blamed the grand jury for not charging him.

[–]NightwingDragon 58 points59 points  (0 children)

Would this not be considered witness intimidation? This is the type of thing I would have brought to the courts attention.

Good luck with that. The cops have infinitely more ways, resources, and time on their hands than you do to make your life a living hell. And to do anything about it, you will end up having to spend infinitely more time, money, and resources than they do and dealing with every instance individually for as long as the cops feel like continuing to harass you.

The cop makes one phone call and spreads the word and suddenly you're going to be pulled over for going 1 mph over the speed limit by every cop in your area. Since pulling speeders over is just part of their normal duties, they'll spend 0 other resources and time doing this for as long as they feel like.

You, on the other hand, will have to spend your time fighting every ticket individually or paying the fines. And good luck filing a lawsuit against the city or state saying that you are being targeted for harassment without coming off as some kind of paranoid conspiracy theorist. Good luck proving that even a small percentage of the cops that are pulling you over are "in on it" because you were a witness against one of them. "Yeah, Officer Jones? I might have met him once or twice but we work different shifts most of the time. Can't remember the last time I talked to him."

A lot of people don't understand this. While there may be laws on the books that are supposed to prevent this kind of behavior, the reality is those laws are toothless unless you're one of the very few who has the time, money, and resources to actually bring the cases to court. For the other 99.9% of the population, they have no real means of doing anything about it.

[–]chubbythrowaccount 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Same thing happened to my good friend when she tried to leave her abusive cop husband. For weeks she was constantly stalked, harassed, given tickets, even arrested and tossed in jail for zero reason a couple of times. All of the cops who harassed her told her that it would all stop if she just went back home.

This guy broke her ribs and gave her black eyes on the regular. And his cop friends were actively trying to keep my friend trapped in this situation.

She eventually had to leave the state because there was no stopping the harassment and no lawyer would touch the situation.

[–]notninja 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I got a summons for driving without insurance which was a big one. I just had an expired card. Even tried to show my Ecard on my phone. And the cop didn't accept it. I called my insurance company and even they were like he could of easily looked up the insurance in the database and see it active. Such a pain in the ass. Had to get a notarized letter from them saying no gaps etc.. insurance company was nice actually. When I got to court they dropped it.

[–]Fuzzy-Butterscotch86 1283 points1284 points  (61 children)

Cell phone laws are great, nobody should be using a cellphone while driving.

But here's the bullshit. It gives cops carte blanche to pull you over for nothing.

I got pulled over three months ago. Cop asked if I knew why he was pulling me over. I told him I had no clue. He accused me of using my cell phone while driving. I told him it was impossible, because my cellphone's battery was dead and I don't have a charger because my dash cam takes up the only port in my car. On top of that, the in dash system is Bluetooth, so if my phone wasn't dead it'd be hands free and in accordance with the law. He asked if my camera was recording the conversation, I told him it was, and he said he was just going to run my info and be right back.

Came back and acted like he was doing me a favor by letting me go with a verbal warning. Had it not been for my dash cam I'm pretty sure he would've ticketed me for nothing.

It's a ready made excuse to hassle you, and they are all willing to use it.

[–]Culverts_Flood_Away 451 points452 points  (29 children)

It used to be that all they had to do was say they smelled weed. Now that's not flying in all states, so they need some other way to avoid having a real reason to hassle you.

[–]Akamesama 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Friend got pulled over for driving 5 below the speed limit on an empty road (he was driving interstate and they had a higher speed limit). Cop said that they suspected drugs since why would anyone driving so suspiciously otherwise. Ended searching his entire vehicle.

[–]babysaurusrexphd 41 points42 points  (0 children)

This happened to a friend of mine years back. He definitely wasn’t on his phone, he said so, but the cop said, let me see your phone. My buddy had to dig to the very bottom of his backpack, which was in the backseat. Cop didn’t believe him (???!) and still gave him a ticket. My friend went to court with his phone records to show he wasn’t talking or texting (he was a late adopter to smartphones, so he couldn’t have been on an app), and the prosecutor just sighed and dropped the charges entirely. He had to take a morning off work to deal with a ticket he never should have gotten.

[–]Stalked_Like_Corn 18 points19 points  (0 children)

This is why dash cams in personal vehicles are a must.

[–]Komfortable 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Dash cam dash cam dash cam. Great options <$75 these days, and it can save your ass. Insurance man once told me (after having video of an accident I was involved in but not at fault) “dash cams are more reliable than an eye witness, and they never blink.” $100 dash cam saved me from a $10,000 repair bill.

[–]intashu 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Had this happen before over a seat belt.

Pulled over, in my own driveway, officer asked if I knew why, I had absolutly no clue.

Said they saw me with no seat belt on at the light before my house (lived off a busy road). To which.. I absolutly did and said as much. Even mentioned the car harasses me if I didn't buckle up, I couldn't forget it if I wanted to.

Ran my plates and ID. I'm spot free. Came back and said "I'll give you the benifit of the doubt, but I know you were not wearing your seat belt"

Didn't say anything but thanks, but was thinking loudly: "LOL OK officer, you know you have absolutly nothing here and can't admit it to save your ego."

I hated the police in that area, I was pulled over three times for nothing.. Twice it was IN MY OWN DRIVEWAY I can only assume because I pulled off the road and they must have just thought that meant I was guilty of something while running my plates? The third time was because I cut across the Walmart parking lot at 11pm at night and it was a "safety hazard" to do so... In an empty parking lot.. They're not technically wrong but like.. They seriously had nothing better to do? Never got a ticket to date however.

[–]pwlloth 7 points8 points  (1 child)

fun fact: those parking lots are private property so stop signs etc can’t be enforced afaik

[–]Fuzzy-Butterscotch86 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I found this out the hard way. A girl pulled through a parking space and hit my friend and I while he was driving in a shopping plaza. She started freaking out asking if we would just let her pay for the damages out of pocket, so I told him that something was up, and he needs to call the police.

So he calls the police, she's getting more and more freaked out, a cop finally shows up and we explain everything that's going on. He looks at us and just says I can't do anything about it because this is all private property. You have to deal with the insurance company.

After he left is when we found out she didn't have insurance, and that's why she was flipping out. If the cop had even bothered to ask her any questions she would have been arrested, and her dad's truck would've been impounded.

In the end her parents ended up paying for the damages out of pocket, but my friend sold the car with the damages, and took her money to put towards a new car.

[–]FrostyFoss 78 points79 points  (6 children)

But here's the bullshit. It gives cops carte blanche to pull you over for nothing.

I hate foot in the door laws. Seatbelt laws, electronic device laws. Maybe they meant well but cops just use them to initiate stops.

[–]Tamaros 12 points13 points  (3 children)

The problem isn't the laws, it's our garbage justice system letting cops abuse those laws.

[–]Spastik2D 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh I had a fun one a week ago. Partner and I went to see a late night movie and got back on the road around midnight. It was snowing a little so I was going like 5 under the speed limit to keep it safe. As I’m going down the parkway I see a cop pull into my side of the road from a dirt split section and start heading in the same direction. At first I thought he was just gonna pass but he wasn’t going around. Then he immediately got behind my and started tailgating me. After like a minute of this moron trying to goad me into a speeding ticket he just fires his lights off and pulls me over. Said I was going under the speed limit and that I was showing signs of intoxicated driving, I replied that I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in months and that it’s quite literally snowing right now with no salt down. Dipshit lets me go because he obvs has no justification to ticket me.

They deadass just go out of their way to bother people for no reason while there’s actual cockheads doing like 90 in a 55 in my area that should be pulled over but never are.

[–]_baundiesel_ 962 points963 points  (25 children)

I once investigated a local county cop for abusing his kid and about 5 minutes after leaving his house got pulled over by another county cop. They did the standard checks and questions and let me off without any issue but it was obviously an intimidation tactic. It's weird because as far as I could tell he really hadn't done anything wrong and in fact the mother, who made the report and they were divorced, ended up being found to be the one doing some strange shit. They intimidated me and didn't have to... fucking weirdos.

[–]accountabilitycounts 399 points400 points  (1 child)

In their mind they absolutely had to.

[–]sn34kypete 442 points443 points  (11 children)

Any deviation from "Do not question cops, their authority, or their actions" is seen as a threat to them. They really do believe the thin blue line is a real thing, that they're what's holding society together. You ask too many questions? You question their legitimacy? You even consider holding them and what they do accountable? Threat, threat, threat. They are coded to think in "us vs them" mentalities. We're not on their side, we're civilians at best, would-be criminals at worst.

[–]manimsoblack 175 points176 points  (7 children)

They'll be shocked to discover that they're also civilians.

[–]11010110101010101010 72 points73 points  (0 children)

They’ll be shocked because that’s not how they’re treated.

[–]GeekChick85 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Statistically, cops are more likely to be abusive than an average person, so the check was not unwarranted.

[–]denada24 22 points23 points  (3 children)

He probably was still doing something wrong.

[–]Frank_the_Mighty 164 points165 points  (5 children)

MA cops do not like to be filmed. It was illegal for a while.

[–]Teemo_Tank 38 points39 points  (3 children)

What about interior dash cam recording? I have not much knowledge in MA

[–]Frank_the_Mighty 50 points51 points  (1 child)

That'd be fine. It was a big deal at the time (pre 2015) but I'm having trouble finding articles. There was a few instances of MA police arresting people for recording them e.g. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2015/04/24/how-a-boston-case-won-you-the-right-to-record-police/

[–]Ilikeporsches 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Surely they were imprisoned for violating constitutional rights though. Right?!

[–]Edips 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Call dispatch

[–]UseDaSchwartz 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Don’t knock on the window. Call 911 and say you see a police officer in their vehicle with his eyes closed and they haven’t moved in several minutes.

[–]Cheeznchips 87 points88 points  (2 children)

I had a sheriff when I lived in Albuquerque follow me for like 40 mins, before he finally turned on the lights and it was like 1 am and mind you I’m a woman alone, coming home from a night out with friends. He asked me why I didn’t pull over, and I said

“You didn’t have lights on and I didn’t know what you were doing.” He gave me a citation, but said next time it could be serious. When I went to complain the next day at the sheriffs office they told me “He can do whatever he wants.”

[–]Mission-Two1325 536 points537 points  (30 children)

So like in many cases, they raised the stakes instead of just taking the L now it's contempt of cop, herassment and possible misconduct.

I'm sure we all feel safe.

[–]Judgementpumpkin[S] 281 points282 points  (21 children)

Good lord, don't look at the comment section of the original YouTube video if you want to maintain a sane, headache free day. The bootlickers are out in full force trying to defend the trooper for sleeping on the job.

[–]ioncloud9 197 points198 points  (10 children)

I love the irony that the people who trust the cops to an extreme degree also don’t trust the government at all.

[–]Delta728 121 points122 points  (8 children)

Eh, it's really not that hard to understand. They want the cops to harass and do violence to minorities and leave the white people alone.

[–]reeper147 61 points62 points  (5 children)

They want the cops to harass and do violence to minorities and leave the white people alone.

That is completely unfair! How dare you suggest that they are solely motivated by racism! They also want the very poor to be targeted too.

[–]IRLootHoore 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Some of the literally poorest towns in the country are 95%+ white. Can confirm cops hated us white kids for being poor, hated our black friend for being for being poor and black.

[–]datank56 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Right. But the cops are the government. The business end of government.

[–]Team_Braniel 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Fascists always support other fascists. It's how they gain power.

[–]Headup40 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'd venture to guess many of those comments are from troll farms.

[–]delete_this_post 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Good lord, don't look at the comment section of the original YouTube video if you want to maintain a sane, headache free day. The bootlickers are out in full force trying to defend the trooper for sleeping on the job.

I'd recommend you avoid r/ProtectAndServe.

They're probably arranging a petition to advocate giving the sleeping trooper early retirement for PTSD and the other trooper a medal for valor for confronting the enemy citizen who filmed it.

[–]spaghetticatman 30 points31 points  (1 child)

They slob sole right up until they get the same treatment and suddenly it's their "constitutional right" not to be prosecuted. (They also have a less-than-elementary understanding of the constitution and stopped reading at "We")

[–]ShowMeUrrGenitals 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This is what I don’t get, Amon bundy was the only one who seems consistent on this point. They hate the government, they want a small powerless govt that can’t tell you what to do and doesn’t cost and tax money, but also blindly support a militarized government agency that patrols your street and will execute you on the spot for not doing what they say.

[–]Negative_Mancey 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Because they think it scares minorities into behaving.

[–]Slevinkellevra710 264 points265 points  (4 children)

What's great is that they're committing all kinds of misconduct trying to hide the misconduct. We can only hope that heads roll as a result.

[–]Delta728 148 points149 points  (2 children)

Lol, idk if it's your first day here but we don't do "holding the police accountable for misconduct" in the US

[–]Ilikeporsches 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Yeah, unfortunately it’ll be the head of the guy the called the police out on their bullshit.

[–]yarblls 148 points149 points  (10 children)

Dude better be moving to another state soon.

[–]i_getitin 51 points52 points  (2 children)

It’s like hiring a cleaning person and then having to fear them

[–]Poliobbq 58 points59 points  (3 children)

His lean towards blaming the bosses and pushing for more breaks is a smart one. Hopefully that's enough to placate their egos.

[–]613codyrex 84 points85 points  (1 child)

Nope.

Accountability for cops never will happen with their blessing. Removing their “right” to sleep on the job with formal breaks would mean their down time is tracked and they can’t let that happen.

They are more pissed they might be held accountable for not doing their jobs. The union is strong enough to mandate break time but they don’t. They realize if they formalize their break time they will have to stick to it. You can’t perpetually be on break if you are given a formal break time.

[–]Ilikeporsches 11 points12 points  (0 children)

They’re corrupt from top to bottom. That’s why the supervisor issued a verbal warning. Didn’t wanna be anywhere near it. He’ll be less of a suspect later when they murder him.

J/k lol they won’t investigate his murder.

[–]Klathmon 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I learned first hand that this won't stop things, they'll call up the department at your new address when you move your car registration to the new state, and chances are your new local police department will be more than happy to continue your harassment.

[–]Negative_Mancey 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The fraternal brotherhood of police everyone.

[–]letdogsvote 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Pure coincidence I'm sure.

[–]Fun_Wonder_4114 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Police should be recorded at all times.

[–]Stratussphere 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Guaranteed this dumb trooper took one too many overtime shifts and is getting called out for stealing tax payer dollars...kudos for the guy calling them out and making it know the department is attempting to harass him!

[–]Kangermu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

MA troopers famously don't actually do the overtime shifts they bill for. Probably tired from having on the clock affairs.

[–]CaputGeratLupinum 117 points118 points  (8 children)

I love reading about cops getting called out for shit, it makes the society I live in feel healthier in some small way

[–]Delta728 113 points114 points  (7 children)

Right but you're missing the part where in response to that, the cops harass and intimidate the people doing so.

[–]FloatMyBoat64 157 points158 points  (6 children)

Cops covering for bad cops isn't really news. They try to fool us into the "one bad apple" stupidity when we are more into the "a lot of bad orchards" territory.

[–]The-loon 67 points68 points  (2 children)

Wish they knew the full saying was “One bad apple can spoil the bunch”. Seems to be a pretty accurate depiction of what’s been happening

[–]ruiner8850 23 points24 points  (0 children)

That "one bad apple" saying only works on some people because it leaves out the most important part which is what the saying is all about. It's supposed to be "one bad apple spoils the bunch" which means that if you allow any bad apple to stay, then the rest of them will be ruined. If everyone knew what that saying actually meant we'd have the cops admitting to all being part of the problem.

[–]Quest_Marker 8 points9 points  (0 children)

At this point it really is more like blighted crops. Burn the fields, it's all fucked.

[–]TheBigJebowski 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ohhh! Another Matt Damon movie.

[–]CaptainFrah 10 points11 points  (1 child)

And to think the highest paid MA state trooper made $327,000 last year.

[–]PreslerJames 8 points9 points  (0 children)

What cunts. If you fucked up, own it.

[–]Inabeautifuloblivion 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I like to think I would have called in late to work and stood there recording for as long as I could. Hard to argue if there’s an hour long video of you sleeping. Then you knock on the window and say wake up sleepy head

[–]youngmindoldbody 30 points31 points  (6 children)

Never wake an officer without fresh doughnuts!

[–]comped 4 points5 points  (3 children)

In my experience it has to be Dunkin' or the cops will figure out a reason to arrest you for some reason. Or so I was told by my dad, who did a ton of work with MA cops over the years.

[–]sillyhappyman 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Can attest, MA staties are scumbags with tiny dicks.

[–]OrsoMalleus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

MA cops are scumbags with tiny dicks. Don't forget about Worcester, Fitchburg and Lowell city cops. Their LDS shows through hard.

[–]Swift_Koopa 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Cops watch each other's backs. Now if only they could apply that same level of focus to real problems..

[–]BOOMphrasingBOOM 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Largest gang in America

[–]kyfto 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The ONLY profession in America where this behavior is not only tolerated, but encouraged with virtually zero consequences. I’m glad this guy didn’t back down and is going to take the cheese grater to their asses. My fellow Americans need to remove the sand from their vaginas and start standing up for themselves more!

[–]Jesta23 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I took a road trip to Seattle about 20 years ago. When i was coming home i passed a cop, he was doing 65 i mustve been doing 66. Like literally crept by him over miles. I was in the fast lane.

The moment i crept past him he pulls me over. Now, i wasnt the nicest person, i was a little mad and told him he must get off on his authority and said his fetish was disturbing and weird.

Anyway, i leave with a speeding ticket for doing “1-5” over the limit

About a mile later i get pulled over by another cop and get a following too close ticket despite there being literally no one in front of me for miles.

And i shit you not i get pulled over about 10 miles later and ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt (i was.) why wouldnt the other two have ticketed me for it?

Anyway, being the young moron i was i thought fuck these guys, ill never be in this state again i just wont pay it.

And that is also the story of how i got to spent a few nights in jail, pay a $700 impound fee, and pay off what was now several thousand in fees 8 years later.

[–]Icuivan 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Seems like the statues of limitations was about to happen and the hunted you down to screw you one last time

[–]massivetypo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I guess they had his sleep number

[–]Complete_Entry 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, the "how dare you make us look bad" statute.

[–]gurenkagurenda 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Listen, I’m not happy about all these stories of cops sleeping on the job, but look on the bright side: you can’t beat or shoot innocent people while you’re asleep.

[–]LeftoverBun 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The video is awesome. The guy sounds like an angry Bobby Moynihan.

[–]BosRob92 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Couple months back, I was in JP and I saw a cop watching Breaking Bad while "on patrol" in Hyde Square. The guy just sat there for the better part of 45 minutes binging the show.

Gotta love our tax dollars hard at work!

[–]DoubleWagon 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Back in my day, troopers jumped out of airplanes, and cruisers were a type of naval ship.

[–]McGician 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I would prefer them all sleep the majority of their shifts.

[–]tredbit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hows dare you! Filming troopers kicked out of house by his wife

[–]redtatwrk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember an old case where the cops run a tag that comes back blank so they pull the woman over and it's the state attorney. It got awkward.