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2013-07-20 02:01:57 PM
Meh...
 
2013-07-20 02:08:08 PM
Badass? He knows this motorcycle enthusiast isn't going to hit him.
 
2013-07-20 02:22:34 PM
Honestly? If you're going to engage in a chase and your department has an aviation unit, this is the best way to do it unless there's a very good reason to be on someone's ass.

All of our local departments have a policy now of, unless the person is an active shooter or has a hostage, letting the air units maintain pursuit rather than chasing at high speeds.
 
2013-07-20 02:24:49 PM
The guy gave up and surrendered. Meh.
 
2013-07-20 02:32:57 PM

hardinparamedic: All of our local departments have a policy now of, unless the person is an active shooter or has a hostage, letting the air units maintain pursuit rather than chasing at high speeds.


That has been the Calgary police policy for more than 2 decades. Constable Richard Sonnenberg was struck and killed by a drunk driver while attempting to lay a spike belt. Since that incident the police have had a "no high speed pursuit" policy and HAWCS helicopter is used to track suspects.

Frankly, I can't believe more cities don't do the same. The risk of personal injury to bystanders and destruction of public property in a high speed chase is just too great.
 
2013-07-20 02:40:08 PM

Rev.K: Frankly, I can't believe more cities don't do the same.


The problem is mainly one of resources in many areas. Very few places can afford to keep a full-time aviation unit in the United States.
 
2013-07-20 03:11:11 PM
I was waiting for a MC Cop to come whipping past in the opposite direction and clothesline him Undertaker-style.
 
2013-07-20 03:17:37 PM
I was expecting something more along the lines of this:

www.nowgamer.com
 
2013-07-20 03:22:18 PM
thats how it used to be done....but then the cops got tanks, flamethrowers, rpgs, class mcmxxii ballistic armor, bystander piercing bullets and suddenly became risk adverse with all their ultra marine gear.
 
2013-07-20 03:26:05 PM

Giltric: thats how it used to be done...


Really? They used to chase people by helicopter rather than risk everyone around them?

Giltric: ..but then the cops got tanks, flamethrowers, rpgs, class mcmxxii ballistic armor, bystander piercing bullets and suddenly became risk adverse with all their ultra marine gear.


Now you're just being silly. Stop this silliness. What do you think this is, a chewade?
 
2013-07-20 03:46:36 PM

hardinparamedic: Rev.K: Frankly, I can't believe more cities don't do the same.

The problem is mainly one of resources in many areas. Very few places can afford to keep a full-time aviation unit in the United States.


Well that & it's a lot of fun to go racing through city side streets at 100+mph knowing that if you hit anyone that they guy that you're chasing is going to get charged with whatever happens & that you are completely immune from any punishment or action.  Got to get your adrenaline fix somehow....
 
2013-07-20 03:49:30 PM
Jaded people came here just to "meh"?  That was neat.

BTW, action happens at the 3:50 mark.
 
2013-07-20 03:50:37 PM
I'm pretty disgusted with the "Meh" comments. That officer could have been facing a 9mm when he got off his bike. It is easy to say Meh from behind your computer when you are not the one on the front line everyday. Why not get off your arse and even see if you can qualify into recruiting. I'd guess not.

My hat goes off to the arresting officer and the chopper pilot backing him up. Get those dimwits off the streets before some innocent laptop jockey, like our friends who say Meh, get hit head on by the moron. We wouldn't want one of them in the emergency with critical injuries and have the EMT look at them and say Meh..............
 
2013-07-20 03:52:41 PM
Ok, & now having watched the video, why didn't the guy on the bike zip around him when the motorcycle cop was getting off of his bike & before he had the pistol pointed at him.  It just seemed strange that with all that open road around him he decided to get off of his bike as well.

/earlier comment was about small town police btw, not larger cities where there are plenty of other police & ways to stop someone.  In small towns that's the most excitement they've had in months so they need to make the most of it....
 
2013-07-20 03:52:55 PM

Recoil Therapy: that you are completely immune from any punishment or action.


Why do people keep pushing this? It's not true. I know of one person right now on trial for three counts of vehicular homicide because he was driving like a farking idiot and killed three people in Memphis.
 
2013-07-20 03:54:32 PM
For those cash-strapped cities that can't afford police helicopters, I hear unmanned drones are very cost effective

/let's see how well THAT goes over
 
2013-07-20 03:59:07 PM

shifter_: I'm pretty disgusted with the "Meh" comments. That officer could have been facing a 9mm when he got off his bike. It is easy to say Meh from behind your computer when you are not the one on the front line everyday. Why not get off your arse and even see if you can qualify into recruiting.


He he he... I can't afford the pay cut... and I don't want to be around cops all day... every day.

CHP guy did a damn good job... but the perp got off his bike and hit the ground... that's certainly not "bad ass"ness. Don't blame us for subby overselling it.

I was really hoping the guy would take off and the CHP bike cop would chase him. Guy running showed some pretty decent riding skills... and those motor cops can ride the absolute shiat out of their bikes. THAT would have been awesome. As it is... I stand by my "Meh".
 
2013-07-20 03:59:15 PM
Is that an electric sport bike? Anyone know what make/model?
 
2013-07-20 04:04:53 PM

shifter_: I'm pretty disgusted with the "Meh" comments. That officer could have been facing a 9mm when he got off his bike. It is easy to say Meh from behind your computer when you are not the one on the front line everyday. Why not get off your arse and even see if you can qualify into recruiting. I'd guess not.

My hat goes off to the arresting officer and the chopper pilot backing him up. Get those dimwits off the streets before some innocent laptop jockey, like our friends who say Meh, get hit head on by the moron. We wouldn't want one of them in the emergency with critical injuries and have the EMT look at them and say Meh..............


i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-20 04:05:11 PM

hardinparamedic: Recoil Therapy: that you are completely immune from any punishment or action.

Why do people keep pushing this? It's not true. I know of one person right now on trial for three counts of vehicular homicide because he was driving like a farking idiot and killed three people in Memphis.


Policeman or the guy he was chasing?  I ask because any time I've heard of a policeman getting in an accident while chasing someone, the person that he was chasing gets charged with whatever & not the police (a few years ago a policecar hit & killed a policeman who was trying to get the stop sticks back out of the way after the chase passed by.  The fleeing driver was charged with murder (later dropped to the most aggressive manslaughter they could come up with).

Now if the cop was just out blowing through red lights for shiats & giggles, not chasing anyone & driving like a complete idiot, I'd hope that he'd be up on charges.  But during a chase (which is considered a normal part of their duty & thus protected), I've never heard of one being charged.  Thus my original comment of part of the reason for them chasing so aggressively is that the act of the chase itself gives them the free pass to drive like a maniac & any punishment goes to the guy running.
 
2013-07-20 04:13:39 PM

Recoil Therapy: Policeman or the guy he was chasing?


The policeman. Our state has a law known as Vanessa K Free on the books that was named after a woman killed during a police response in Chattanooga, IIRC. Three cars were running lights and sirens and blew through an intersection, and the fourth car did not have any warning lights on and blew through it, t-boning her and her friends and killed her instantly. If you have lights and sirens on, the law says you are responsible for any actions that are caused as a result of your driving.

EVOC operators in Tennessee call it the "hang yourself" law, because it allows you to ignore certain parts of traffic law, but imposes a "due regard" test if something happens while doing so.

Recoil Therapy: Now if the cop was just out blowing through red lights for shiats & giggles, not chasing anyone & driving like a complete idiot, I'd hope that he'd be up on charges.


He was actually en route to a non-emergency call, and was driving 85 down a 35 road, blew through a red light because he was in a cop car, and "could do that", and t-boned the family. Killed the father, mother, and one of the sisters.

Recoil Therapy: Thus my original comment of part of the reason for them chasing so aggressively is that the act of the chase itself gives them the free pass to drive like a maniac & any punishment goes to the guy running.


Part of the reasons departments have adopted a no-pursuit policy for many things is that they got tired of paying multi-million dollar lawsuits and getting the publicity from killing innocent people.
 
2013-07-20 04:35:07 PM
They should just shoot these assholes from the helo.  That'll put an end to running in a hurry
 
2013-07-20 04:43:59 PM

shifter_: I'm pretty disgusted with the "Meh" comments.


meh...
 
2013-07-20 04:46:00 PM

Smeggy Smurf: They should just shoot these assholes from the helo.  That'll put an end to running in a hurry


Yeah, militize the police even further AND capital punishment for a minor crime.

That's the way to do it!
 
2013-07-20 04:46:22 PM
  So let me get this straight.  At the beginning of the video the reporter says with the helicopter you know exactly where the guy is headed.  I'm thinking only one person knows where they are headed, and he's the one on the bike in this case.
 
2013-07-20 04:46:52 PM
I this the anniversary screening? This happened a year ago.
 
2013-07-20 04:55:17 PM

Silicon Sam: So let me get this straight.  At the beginning of the video the reporter says with the helicopter you know exactly where the guy is headed.  I'm thinking only one person knows where they are headed, and he's the one on the bike in this case.


This just in... reporters working off script say incredibly stupid things.

Talking heads covering "breaking news" without any preparation is one of the great joys of television.
 
2013-07-20 05:12:04 PM
Anybody else annoyed at the "LIVE SKY5" logo being animated with that yellow flash?

Why did they feel the need to animate that thing? It was very distracting.
 
2013-07-20 05:23:25 PM
Don't know why people still think they can get away from the police in Los Angeles. I don't think there is a police department in the whole of the US that has had more real life high speed pursuit practice than the departments in LA.
 
2013-07-20 05:32:22 PM

Sandwyrm: Smeggy Smurf: They should just shoot these assholes from the helo.  That'll put an end to running in a hurry

Yeah, militize the police even further AND capital punishment for a minor crime.

That's the way to do it!


Who said anything about shooting the runner?

/fark pigs
 
2013-07-20 06:06:36 PM

slothbuddy: Jaded people came here just to "meh"?  That was neat.

BTW, action happens at the 3:50 mark.


shifter_: I'm pretty disgusted with the "Meh" comments. That officer could have been facing a 9mm when he got off his bike. It is easy to say Meh from behind your computer when you are not the one on the front line everyday. Why not get off your arse and even see if you can qualify into recruiting. I'd guess not.

My hat goes off to the arresting officer and the chopper pilot backing him up. Get those dimwits off the streets before some innocent laptop jockey, like our friends who say Meh, get hit head on by the moron. We wouldn't want one of them in the emergency with critical injuries and have the EMT look at them and say Meh..............


The action consisted of the cop parking his bike and taking four quick steps towards the guy.

The video is an undeniable meh.

I understand that it could have gone a lot of other ways, many of which could have been terrifying.  This was not one of those other ways.  This was meh.
 
2013-07-20 06:36:42 PM
Crawler lets us know that that is an old boring clip. "Michelle Obama heads to London for Olympic Games."  Meh.
 
2013-07-20 06:56:47 PM

T-Boy: Crawler lets us know that that is an old boring clip. "Michelle Obama heads to London for Olympic Games."  Meh.


Did she win?
 
2013-07-20 07:39:31 PM
Motorcycle cop should've let the guy go at the end to give those big soft spherical lardass cops some exercise. Like a mother lion bringing prey home for her cubs.
 
2013-07-20 07:41:34 PM
I wonder what happened to the guy? And how fast was he going? He looked to me like a really good rider. I believe lane splitting is legal in CA so I wonder if he really broke any laws?
 
2013-07-20 08:47:35 PM

slothbuddy: BTW, action happens at the 3:50 mark.


Yes, most of us read the headline.
 
2013-07-20 08:51:43 PM

BTing: The video is an undeniable meh.

I understand that it could have gone a lot of other ways, many of which could have been terrifying.  This was not one of those other ways.  This was meh.


Does no one appreciate how the cop took absolute control of a life-or-death situation in like 4 seconds flat?

The guy is completely baffled, and then kicks his legs like a baby after he's cuffed.
 
2013-07-20 09:12:40 PM
I was impressed. That was a quick, clean takedown done professionally. He didn't tackle the guy, or tase him. He put his knee on his back, not his neck. It's just kinda cool to watch everything suddenly go right.
 
2013-07-20 09:56:30 PM

Recoil Therapy: Ok, & now having watched the video, why didn't the guy on the bike zip around him when the motorcycle cop was getting off of his bike & before he had the pistol pointed at him.  It just seemed strange that with all that open road around him he decided to get off of his bike as well.

/earlier comment was about small town police btw, not larger cities where there are plenty of other police & ways to stop someone.  In small towns that's the most excitement they've had in months so they need to make the most of it....


Right on. There must've been something further up that he wouldn't have been able to zip through? just what we see on camera there, there was plenty of space for him to just go around.
 
2013-07-20 09:58:45 PM

Recoil Therapy: hardinparamedic: Recoil Therapy: that you are completely immune from any punishment or action.

Why do people keep pushing this? It's not true. I know of one person right now on trial for three counts of vehicular homicide because he was driving like a farking idiot and killed three people in Memphis.

Policeman or the guy he was chasing?  I ask because any time I've heard of a policeman getting in an accident while chasing someone, the person that he was chasing gets charged with whatever & not the police (a few years ago a policecar hit & killed a policeman who was trying to get the stop sticks back out of the way after the chase passed by.  The fleeing driver was charged with murder (later dropped to the most aggressive manslaughter they could come up with).

Now if the cop was just out blowing through red lights for shiats & giggles, not chasing anyone & driving like a complete idiot, I'd hope that he'd be up on charges.  But during a chase (which is considered a normal part of their duty & thus protected), I've never heard of one being charged.  Thus my original comment of part of the reason for them chasing so aggressively is that the act of the chase itself gives them the free pass to drive like a maniac & any punishment goes to the guy running.


....and, in fact, if they don't have much to book him on other than "fleeing police", then they can start tacking on charges for destruction of property, injuries, etc, etc, etc.
 
2013-07-20 10:07:57 PM
Commentator 2: "He put up a fight, he did not make it easy for the officer to put him in cuffs."

This right after the part where he just lays flat and takes it.

I bet she describes her sex life in similar terms.
 
2013-07-20 10:09:00 PM

shifter_: I'm pretty disgusted with the "Meh" comments. That officer could have been facing a 9mm when he got off his bike. It is easy to say Meh from behind your computer when you are not the one on the front line everyday. Why not get off your arse and even see if you can qualify into recruiting. I'd guess not.

My hat goes off to the arresting officer and the chopper pilot backing him up. Get those dimwits off the streets before some innocent laptop jockey, like our friends who say Meh, get hit head on by the moron. We wouldn't want one of them in the emergency with critical injuries and have the EMT look at them and say Meh..............


Relax, tuff guy - MC LEO isn't going to let you blow him. Twat.
 
2013-07-20 11:35:18 PM
Holographic Shimmering Pork:
Relax, tuff guy - MC LEO isn't going to let you blow him. Twat.

Given the fact that many cops are closeted, he might just do that. Homophobic asshole. What do you care what consenting adults do? You fascist.
 
2013-07-21 01:37:18 AM
Here in California it is perfectly legal to cut lanes.  Just don't do it at an unsafe speed like this idiot.  That kind of riding can cause an accident by surprising someone who overreacts or brakes too quickly.

He probably didn't know he was a "person of interest" until he was arrested.
 
2013-07-21 04:31:42 AM
The cop tried to block a speeding vehicle with a bike. That definitely wins some bad-ass points.
 
2013-07-21 08:35:13 AM
WTF was that? That was the worst chase video I think I've ever seen? And what did a plane have to do with it? You were watching from a news helicopter.
 
2013-07-21 09:29:03 AM
I love threads like this. The ITG Army comes out of the shadows to proclaim all kinds of stupid shiat that they have absolutely NO experience with/knowledge of.

Fark pigs? Really smeggy smurf? Like, ALL of us? So what's your alternative? No cops at all? Just let society work itself out, hoping everyone will behave? Good luck with all THAT.

Everyone dislikes us... until they need us.
 
2013-07-21 09:41:17 AM

darch: I love threads like this. The ITG Army comes out of the shadows to proclaim all kinds of stupid shiat that they have absolutely NO experience with/knowledge of.

Fark pigs? Really smeggy smurf? Like, ALL of us? So what's your alternative? No cops at all? Just let society work itself out, hoping everyone will behave? Good luck with all THAT.

Everyone dislikes us... until they need us.


But when we need you, you're not around.
 
2013-07-21 09:45:30 AM

FarkingTroll: darch: I love threads like this. The ITG Army comes out of the shadows to proclaim all kinds of stupid shiat that they have absolutely NO experience with/knowledge of.

Fark pigs? Really smeggy smurf? Like, ALL of us? So what's your alternative? No cops at all? Just let society work itself out, hoping everyone will behave? Good luck with all THAT.

Everyone dislikes us... until they need us.

But when we need you, you're not around.


What does that even mean? I don't know what POS town you live in Mr. Account Created Two Days Ago, but when I'm called, I go.
 
2013-07-21 10:25:50 AM

darch: I love threads like this. The ITG Army comes out of the shadows to proclaim all kinds of stupid shiat that they have absolutely NO experience with/knowledge of.

Fark pigs? Really smeggy smurf? Like, ALL of us? So what's your alternative? No cops at all? Just let society work itself out, hoping everyone will behave? Good luck with all THAT.

Everyone dislikes us... until they need us.


To be fair, the problem is the institutional nature of police rather than individual police officers. The 'police officers acting badly' deal that everyone holds up as to why they dislike the police is a symptom of a problem.... it's not the problem itself.

As for the the other guy who made the 'you're not around' comment...

If you're everywhere, it's an oppressive police presence and if you're not there the moment something happens you're not doing your job... Nobody will ever be happy.
 
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