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(Deadspin)   Off duty cops use lights and sirens to race to airport to pick up hockey equipment for minor league team about to start a game. Police Chief's response: "It was an emergency"   (deadspin.com ) divider line
    More: Florida, Panthers, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, emergency vehicle lighting, Carolina Hurricanes, equipment, city commission, airports  
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2013-03-10 04:57:14 AM  
Totally worth it.

It's much better than poaching more innocent citizens for goldbricking traffic violations you have to pay to fight in court.

The cop pulling you over should have to pony up the same amount of money as the ticket he issues from his pension and be willing to defend that ticket in court on the appointed day. If you win, the ticket isn't just dismissed, you get the officer's money as well as your own back.

It has to be personally from the cop who pulled you over thought. No taxpayer dollars.
 
2013-03-10 07:02:28 AM  
I can see something like that happening and being considered acceptable in Canada, but not Florida
 
2013-03-10 08:00:16 AM  
Well, it IS hockey....

/Canadian
 
2013-03-10 08:42:50 AM  
Cops are allowed to use their lights for non-emergent reasons all the time.

My favorite:  When I went to University of Florida in the 80s, the night before a football game, the team was bused to the hotel where I worked, with police escort.  Then they went to a movie theater and back, then the next day from the hotel to the stadium...all with police escort.

Everyone out of the way!  The Gators are going 3/4 mile to see a movie!
 
2013-03-10 10:49:35 AM  
Yo, subby, the Panthers may not be good but they are in the NHL and not a "minor league team."
 
2013-03-10 10:50:01 AM  
I see what you did there, subby.
 
2013-03-10 11:43:57 AM  
Police need a shorter leash and fewer resources.

I wonder what the framers of the Constitution thought about police powers.
 
2013-03-10 12:18:56 PM  
i'm okay with this

/also, off duty cops were most definitely required arena security, so more like on duty
 
2013-03-10 01:27:30 PM  

doglover: Totally worth it.

It's much better than poaching more innocent citizens for goldbricking traffic violations you have to pay to fight in court.

The cop pulling you over should have to pony up the same amount of money as the ticket he issues from his pension and be willing to defend that ticket in court on the appointed day. If you win, the ticket isn't just dismissed, you get the officer's money as well as your own back.

It has to be personally from the cop who pulled you over thought. No taxpayer dollars.


Difficulty 1: Getting legislators who don't want to be seen as not being "tough on crime" to even put such a bill forward in committee, much less actually bringing it up for a vote and then voting for it.

Difficulty 2: Making sure that any cops who would be affected by this can't get around it by arresting the driver for "resisting arrest" or just summarily executing the driver (a very real hazard for anyone guilty of Driving While Non-White)
 
2013-03-10 01:42:16 PM  
That was the game where they dressed their goalie coach and started they guy who was supposed to have the night off because that gear didn't get there in time. It made a difference.
 
2013-03-10 02:13:58 PM  

bubbaprog: Yo, subby, the Panthers may not be good but they are in the NHL and not a "minor league team."


that's right, just the fans of the Panthers are minor league.

This wouldn't have been a story if this was football.
 
2013-03-10 03:32:57 PM  
As someone pointed out in the comments, this happened years ago when Doug Mirabelli was traded back to the Red Sox. He was driven to the game by police because they thought he wouldn't make it in time otherwise. No one cared.
 
2013-03-11 10:32:22 AM  
Not against department policies?

Sounds like they need to review those policies.
 
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