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(Miami Herald)   State trooper lets speeding legislator off the hook with just a warning. Legislator has him fired anyway   (miamiherald.com) divider line 107
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2013-03-28 11:03:46 PM

Basket Case: cop is going to want to see your proof of insurance.


I've been pulled over a few times and have never been asked for insurance info.

And I'll never call 1800-ASK-GARY.
 
2013-03-29 12:04:45 AM
Seriously...how does a legislator fire a state trooper?  He's not his boss; he can call his boss and asked that he be fired, but there's no chain of command that links McBurney to Swindle in such a way that he can just fire his ass...is there???  And if there is...WTF is up with that?

That would be like being an account rep for company XYZ, and when you call on another company to sell your products, you get into a disagreement with the other company's CEO...AND HE FIRES YOU!

He's not the boss of me; he can't do that.
 
2013-03-29 12:52:15 AM

Imbroglio: That would be like being an account rep for company XYZ, and when you call on another company to sell your products, you get into a disagreement with the other company's CEO...AND HE FIRES YOU!

He's not the boss of me; he can't do that.


You haven't worked customer service, have you?

StrandedInAZ: Brostorm: As a black guy who has never, and I mean never gotten out of a ticket I am not laughing at all.  If you stop someone, there should be a ticket, every time.  I am tired of this crap.  There also needs to be video of every stop, every time the lights come on.

Do you think you don't get out of them because you're a black male? I'm not being snarky; I'm genuinely curious.

I am a black female living in Redneck-istan, and I have a rainbow sticker on my car. I received one ticket in the past five times I was pulled over, and that was dismissed because the cop wrote down the wrong name on it. I didn't fight the ticket; the city returned my check to me with a note that they'd dismissed the ticket due to his error.

What may help me is that I am always incredibly polite and immediately apologetic when I get pulled over. I am usually well dressed and drive a nice car, too, which probably doesn't hurt.

/I also have Veteran plates on my car, so that might help, but I'm sure my rainbow sticker cancels them out.


Well I don't know how well-trained/recently sued your local PD are, but you are
A: female
and B: Not Mexican in Arizona.

But prejudice in ticket-writing is a subtle and nuanced thing.  A lot of factors are involved in the cop's final subjective judgement.
 
2013-03-29 12:53:04 AM
You know, that state legislator is one of those people who give state legislators - aw, hell - all politicians a bad name!

/the state trooper treated the guy better than he deserved; no gratitude!
 
2013-03-29 05:34:17 AM
I'm disappointed that the first thing in this thread wasn't "Ha!Ha!"
 
2013-03-29 10:22:34 AM
This cop wasn't fired for NOT issuing a ticket. He was fired for issuing a ticket for something that didn't happen (failure to prove insurance coverage).

When a cop issues a ticket, he is in essense testifying under oath that the crime/violation for which he is writing the ticket actually happend and he either witnessed it or investigated it and found it to be true.  They aren't allowed (or rather aren't supposed to be allowed) to just make stuff up.
 
2013-03-29 11:27:27 AM

hardinparamedic: Dixon Cider: Easy way to fix that! Treat them like everyone else..... CRAZY, I know.

Sorry to interrupt, but you do know that a simple speeding citation is a discretionary issue, right? They don't HAVE TO write you a ticket.


And? They don't have to pull you over, but it was a reality here! I stick to my original statement...
 
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