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(LA Weekly)   Motorcycle cop purposely rear-ends convertible, ends up face-down/boots-up in back seat, and presses charges against driver -- but didn't count on witnesses and incriminating video turning up (bonus: not his first deliberate rear-ending)   (laweekly.com) divider line 157
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2012-03-23 04:47:44 AM  
Weird case should go so far. Is this real? In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off. Just leave a bigger gap to the vehicle in front. What if they slam in to a solid object, what happens to the following vehicle? They are sensible and have left enough room to safely stop no matter what happens in front. Crazy Americans with their upside down ideas of physics.
 
2012-03-23 05:52:23 AM  

colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.


In Pennsylvania too.
 
2012-03-23 07:24:06 AM  

doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.


Virginia too.
 
2012-03-23 07:55:03 AM  
You're generally right. However...

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2012-03-23 07:57:24 AM  
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2012-03-23 08:47:46 AM  

Pfactor: You're generally right. However...

Link (new window)


"This video is private"

nice
 
2012-03-23 09:15:46 AM  

colinspooky: Weird case should go so far. Is this real? In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off. Just leave a bigger gap to the vehicle in front. What if they slam in to a solid object, what happens to the following vehicle? They are sensible and have left enough room to safely stop no matter what happens in front. Crazy Americans with their upside down ideas of physics.


The second word in the headline was key...
 
2012-03-23 09:28:17 AM  

St_Francis_P: doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.

Virginia too.


Texas too.

We could keep doing this, or just remember it's a cop and they are above the law in every state* except for when they're retarded and push it way too far. I hope this guy gets torn apart.

*not sure about UK though, y'all might actually keep yours in check.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-23 09:30:19 AM  
"He finally targeted the wrong guy."

No, he didn't. He got two years paid vacation. If he has a good union he never has to work again. The only way it turns into anything but a winning move for the cop is if the driver wins the lawsuit and the police department doesn't pay out of its own pocket. Or, less likely, if the prosecutor files charges against the right party.
 
2012-03-23 09:38:56 AM  

St_Francis_P: doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.

Virginia too.


(IANAL) If I'm in the right lane and slightly ahead of you in the left lane, and I then swerve over into your lane and slam on my brakes, causing you to rear-end me, wouldn't I be the one at fault?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-23 09:42:09 AM  
In Massachusetts the rear driver is not presumed to be at fault in a rear-ender if the case goes to court. In practice the rear driver's insurance company pays the front driver's because the cost of an investigation is greater than the expected improvement in the company's case.

I've heard of criminal charges (Mass.) and even jail time (Vermont and California) for a driver who was rear-ended. The Vermont and California cases were similar to the cop's version of this story. The car driver wanted to get hit. He did, and he went to jail. The California case was the LA doctor vs. two bicyclists.

Even in states that follow "assured clear distance" there is an exception for the front driver acting like a jerk, pulling out from a driveway or changing lanes and slamming on the brakes.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-23 09:45:35 AM  
I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984

Changing lanes and slamming on the brakes can be a crime (see the LA doctor case) but it's hard to prove without witnesses other than the drivers involved. If the front car's airbags went off the computer may have saved a record of the lane change.
 
2012-03-23 09:50:23 AM  
"Farking cops."

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vpb [TotalFark]
2012-03-23 09:55:44 AM  

I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: St_Francis_P: doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.

Virginia too.

(IANAL) If I'm in the right lane and slightly ahead of you in the left lane, and I then swerve over into your lane and slam on my brakes, causing you to rear-end me, wouldn't I be the one at fault?


If he could prove that you did that you would be. Otherwise it will look like he was following too closely.
 
2012-03-23 09:59:39 AM  
Intentionally rear-ending someone while you're on a motorcycle just sounds like a bad decision.
 
2012-03-23 10:04:07 AM  
Then the dogged Beck learned that Parente's motorcycle had a "black box," which records traffic data such as speed - yet Hermosa police reported to the court that it had mysteriously disappeared.

I farking hate cops that do this. Which generally means I hate all cops because it seems they all pull this trick.
 
2012-03-23 10:15:49 AM  

GAT_00: I farking hate cops that do this. Which generally means I hate all cops because it seems they all pull this trick.


Or unless your name is Serpico, cover for the ones that do which is almost as bad.
 
2012-03-23 10:36:07 AM  

GAT_00: Then the dogged Beck learned that Parente's motorcycle had a "black box," which records traffic data such as speed - yet Hermosa police reported to the court that it had mysteriously disappeared.

I farking hate cops that do this. Which generally means I hate all cops because it seems they all pull this trick.


Yeah, this makes the "one bad apple" reasoning hard to follow in this case.
 
2012-03-23 10:53:58 AM  
The thick blue line indicts all cops, unfortunately. Nobody speaks up because it would cost them too much.
 
2012-03-23 10:54:32 AM  
heh, he's doing it wrong!

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2012-03-23 11:00:45 AM  
Fark the police.
 
2012-03-23 11:03:10 AM  

I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: (IANAL) If I'm in the right lane and slightly ahead of you in the left lane, and I then swerve over into your lane and slam on my brakes, causing you to rear-end me, wouldn't I be the one at fault?


There are people out there who do essentially this, on purpose, to make money. Yes, you would be at fault but the burden is on me to prove it.

Same in Wisconsin and AFAIK Illinois. You rear end a person, you're at fault unless you can prove otherwise.
 
2012-03-23 11:03:27 AM  

GAT_00: Then the dogged Beck learned that Parente's motorcycle had a "black box," which records traffic data such as speed - yet Hermosa police reported to the court that it had mysteriously disappeared.

I farking hate cops that do this. Which generally means I hate all cops because it seems they all pull this trick.


Reading that was infuriating and yet completely unsurprising... the cliche is there for a reason.
 
2012-03-23 11:05:12 AM  
I'm curious why there are never any charges filed (thinking obstruction of justice, for example) anytime the police "lose" exculpating evidence like, in this case, the motorcycle black box. I get that it's the DA who has to bring criminal charges and they will almost never do so unless it's egregious...but damn.

Can't you get the feds involved in something like a violation of civil rights action for cases where the cops (with the complicity of the local DA) go "whoopsy, we lost the evidence that might have exonerated you"?
 
2012-03-23 11:06:04 AM  

Beaver1224: Intentionally rear-ending someone while you're on a motorcycle just sounds like a bad decision.


Depends on the cop:
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2012-03-23 11:06:19 AM  
Beck's star witness, however, was to be another motorist, Peter Brown

He called to say "You can make it OK."
 
2012-03-23 11:06:30 AM  
All cops are dirty. ALL COPS ARE DIRTY.

They are not to be trusted under any circumstances. Teach your children.
 
2012-03-23 11:07:03 AM  
This reminds me, I need another dash cam to point out the rear window.
 
2012-03-23 11:07:16 AM  

scottydoesntknow: St_Francis_P: doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.

Virginia too.

Texas too.

We could keep doing this, or just remember it's a cop and they are above the law in every state* except for when they're retarded and push it way too far. I hope this guy gets torn apart.

*not sure about UK though, y'all might actually keep yours in check.


Won't be too long before Crusier 12 arrives to defend the cop.
 
2012-03-23 11:07:31 AM  

scottydoesntknow: St_Francis_P: doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.

Virginia too.

Texas too.

We could keep doing this, or just remember it's a cop and they are above the law in every state* except for when they're retarded and push it way too far. I hope this guy gets torn apart.

*not sure about UK though, y'all might actually keep yours in check.



Hah. Not at my department. We had a deputy hit a parked car while driving solo one night. The asshole tried to say he hit a deer to explain the damage to the car to our traffic SGT. The same traffic SGT who responded to the pissed off car owner the next morning and saw the damage to his car. The deputy got fired, and prosecuted. Last I heard he tried to use some of us as references to get a job doing shiatty apartment security. I don't think he got the job.
 
2012-03-23 11:09:27 AM  

colinspooky: Weird case should go so far. Is this real? In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off. Just leave a bigger gap to the vehicle in front. What if they slam in to a solid object, what happens to the following vehicle? They are sensible and have left enough room to safely stop no matter what happens in front. Crazy Americans with their upside down ideas of physics.


It's the same here...except a cop is NEVER in the wrong.

A cop could speed through a red light without his siren (I've seen it MANY times) and you'd be to blame if he t-boned you.
 
2012-03-23 11:09:33 AM  
Over the summer, I'm going to pick up a small gig here and there and install a dash cam of my own. I just know it.

I got bagged by a really belligerent officer on the way to a funeral a few weeks ago. It was a small side street, and an ambulance was parked in front of a house. Blocking the lane I was in. The guy in front of me peeks around the ambulance, sees the all clear, and goes. I stop, do the same thing, and coast around the ambulance. Besides the first tap of the gas, that's all I gave it. Before I even get around the ambulance, the lights are on, and the officer accused me of going "too fast" around the ambulance. When I said that the old SUV couldn't get fast from a dead stop to a few feet later, he told me to not say anything else. I got a ticket for going 41 in a 25. How in the hell he arrived at those figures is beyond me.
 
2012-03-23 11:10:24 AM  
CSB on the "at fault if rear ended thing":

I brake for a pedestrian entering the crosswalk and as I come to a stop I feel a tremor run through my vehicle and hear a bit of a "whump". Kind of like I had something big shift in my trunk. I'm stopped there, trying to figure out what the hell I had in my trunk that could shift like that when I suddenly see a bike helmet rise up above the rear deck of my trunk. Turns out some bicyclist had been following too closely and rear ended me when I stopped for the pedestrian.

He actually did try to make me at fault, claiming I stopped short and all this crap. Claimed it when the cops showed up (the officer was sitting there rolling his eyes as the guy ranted). I actually had to go after the guy in court to get back the money I spent repainting my bumper and the guy went on a rant in court as well. Luckily I had witnesses, including the pedestrian who testified he was in the crosswalk when I came to a stop.

So yeah it can actually be a pain to collect.
 
2012-03-23 11:10:57 AM  
And people wonder why an innocent person would refuse to talk to the police without a lawyer...
 
2012-03-23 11:11:15 AM  
I was driving to Chicago from Iowa last week for Spring Break and got pulled over by a K-9 Officer and issued a warning for "following too close."

After asking for ID from both me and my passenger I realized they probably were looking for drugs since I had a California license plate. The sniffer dog made a quick lap and didn't find anything and I was on my way.

So Illinois at least will issue a warning for "following too close" when they want to search your car for drugs.
 
2012-03-23 11:12:56 AM  

taurusowner: Hah. Not at my department.


They actually fired him? Wish that happened more often.

/Only to the bad ones, of course.
 
2012-03-23 11:13:24 AM  

colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone


It is the same in the US. If you rear-ed someone, you are always at fault because you can only rear-end someone if you are following too closely or not paying attention. But, as we all know, the cops are always right and can do no wrong.
 
2012-03-23 11:13:38 AM  
99% giving the 1% a bad name.
 
2012-03-23 11:14:45 AM  
Take his shield.He can always get a job at the mall.
 
2012-03-23 11:15:18 AM  
This is lame, of course the cop is at fault. I once had a guy back up in a parking lot, not looking, he hit me-I wasn't moving. He said, 'didn't you see me?!' -yeah, I saw you hit me moron.
 
2012-03-23 11:16:52 AM  

Beaver1224: Intentionally rear-ending someone while you're on a motorcycle just sounds like a bad decision.




No damage to the Beemer or the motorcycle, including the breakaway windshield on the bike. I'd guess he just bumped the car and did a swan dive off the scooter into the back seat. What a cocksucker.
 
2012-03-23 11:17:02 AM  

colinspooky: Weird case should go so far. Is this real? In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off. Just leave a bigger gap to the vehicle in front. What if they slam in to a solid object, what happens to the following vehicle? They are sensible and have left enough room to safely stop no matter what happens in front. Crazy Americans with their upside down ideas of physics.


Laws don't apply to cops. They think this includes the laws of physics too.

Beaver1224: Intentionally rear-ending someone while you're on a motorcycle just sounds like a bad decision.


He's a cop. They are recruited for lack of intelligence.
 
2012-03-23 11:17:19 AM  
"This was no accident," he told L.A. Weekly. "This was an ambush by a cop operating under the color of authority."

Besides the point of the TFA, but what colour is authority? Red? Blue?
 
2012-03-23 11:17:28 AM  
Farking pigs being pigish...

I don't trust them and never have.

Lying a**holes
 
2012-03-23 11:17:42 AM  
I think the cop was taking advantage of the fact that drunks and the elderly sometimes really do respond aggressively to being pulled over. I have an uncle in LA who has some crazy stories of being assaulted by people he's pulled over. Interestingly in each instance where their vehicle was used as a weapon it was an older woman that did it. One lady grabbed his arm, rolled up her window to trap it and punched the gas to drag him.
 
2012-03-23 11:18:13 AM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: taurusowner: Hah. Not at my department.

They actually fired him? Wish that happened more often.

/Only to the bad ones, of course.


Yeah he got fired. Ever since vets have been coming back from Iraq/Afghanistan in the past decade and getting jobs as cops, the "old boys club" has been on the out. We got a lot of new SGTs and shift LTs that are vets, and they don't take any bullshiat. I don't know how it is at other depts in other states, but there has been a lot of cleaning house going on. The new crowd is pretty by the book. A lot of the old timers are pissed, but fark em. They can't pass an MCOLES PT test anyways. You know the scene in Men in Black where Will Smith is chasing the alien and all the fat old cops get tired and then Smith is by himself? Yeah, it's like that. Used to be a lot worse. And those kinds of fatass cops are usually the shady ones too. Good riddance.
 
2012-03-23 11:18:15 AM  
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I see nothing wrong with this.
 
2012-03-23 11:18:28 AM  

bottsicus: doglover: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone . There are no circumstances that would let you off.

In Pennsylvania too.

, motorcycle cop rear-ends you!


Fail.
 
2012-03-23 11:21:01 AM  

JackieRabbit: colinspooky: In the UK, you are guilty if you run in to the back of someone

It is the same in the US. If you rear-ed someone, you are always at fault because you can only rear-end someone if you are following too closely or not paying attention. But, as we all know, the cops are always right and can do no wrong.


I don't think it counts if the car in front is driving in reverse in the lane of traffic, which is what the cop claimed (one of) the guys was doing.
 
2012-03-23 11:21:20 AM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: I got a ticket for going 41 in a 25. How in the hell he arrived at those figures is beyond me.


I'm guessing it's +16 for the extra hassle factor, or it bumped you into a higher penalty. Around here, if you're more than 15 over the limit, you have to appear in court. That's why the cops like to do you a "favor" and bump it down to +15. They're hoping you don't go to court, which means they don't have to go to court.
 
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