Despite what he thinks, Derrick Saunders is not a cop - should not have been a cop - and I am embarrassed to think he ever represented law enforcement.
There is zero excuse for DUI, even less for triple digit speeding, and to have the audacity to then think that you were fired unfairly is beyond contempt.
And the fact that the police union there thinks he should be rehired speaks all I need to know about their organization.
Every time I get annoyed at someone who wants to speak bad about law enforcement I then read something like this which justifies the statements. All I can say is that you can rest assured the vast majority of us want nothing to do with such people, and loathe them more than you do.
Just a few ramblings from a confused guy. Former military, former cop. Husband. Father. Student. Role playing gamer, on intermittent weeks. Avid reader. Internet addict. Small "l" libertarian. Too many others to mention. The views and opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not reflect those of any official agency or government or species. Names have been changed to protect the guilty; God protects the innocent as a matter of course.
“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds
Thursday, January 19, 2012
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More than anything, stories like this make me angry because, as you point out, it makes the rest of you look bad. And the more he fights it and the unions protect him, the worse you all look. Cops are always in the limelight and someone is always looking for a reason to call you to the carpet. None of you need guys like this fueling the fire.
Last week, we got pulled over when my husband pulled out too close to another car. He knew the instant that he'd done it that it was a stupid thing to do. It was a nasty corner. The cop was a bit stern but very calm and polite. My husband immediately admitted that he'd pulled out too fast, and that he'd realized it as soon as he was halfway into the turn. The cop checked out our information, told him to be careful around that turn as he didn't want anything to happen to us, and let us go.
As we drove off, carefully doing the speed limit ^.^ we were telling each other how we never understand the people who complain about cops all the time, because we always have a good experience. I don't know if it's just that the guys are good in my area, or whether it's a matter of perception, or what... but they've always been no-nonsense but polite, and downright friendly half the time. (Not quite so much friendly that time, but we didn't expect 'friendly' when my husband did something dumb and knows he did. :) )
Day before yesterday, we saw a policeman in a cop car as we exited the physical therapy building. My son (9) and daughter (2) immediately spotted him and started waving enthusiastically. He waved back with a smile, so I added my wave and a nod-and-smile. The kids (especially my son, who frequently says he may like to be a police officer when he grows up) were delighted.
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