08-04-2015, 12:46 AM
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Beautiful Downtown Monroe, GA
You got me....
Why in the world do supposedly rational people do utterly stupid things around police officers?? They just don't seem to think of the consequences of their actions. Stick your hand in your pocket, make a quick move to the glovebox, refuse to comply with commands because, "I'm not a criminal"!!
Keep one thing in mind folks, that officer simply wants to comply with Malone's first rule of police work (from the movie The Untouchables, with Sean Connery as Malone!!).
RULE #1.) Go home at the end of your shift!!
These kind of incidents remind me of a situation I encountered about 10 years ago. It was the day after Christmas and I was headed to the hunting camp for the last week of deer hunting season which ends on New Years Day. I was happily motoring my way through Oglethorpe County, Georgia when I encountered a DUI Checkpoint. There were numerous Oglethorpe County Sheriff's Deputies, patrol cars, flashing blue lights and cars pulled over.
As I slowly approached the first deputy (a lieutenant), I had the driver's side window rolled all the way down and my hands hanging out the window. Possibly thinking this a bit odd, the lieutenant asked me, "What are you doing?" I notified him that, "I am legally armed, Lieutenant!. There is a .44 caliber revolver on my left hip. There are two other handguns on the seat beside me and three rifles behind the seat. How do you want to proceed with this?" I was dressed up to resemble a bush, in full camo and he obviously figured out where I was headed. His response to the overload of information was very simply, "I'm looking for drunks, not guns. Get the hell out of here!!" I told him to have a nice day, be careful and enjoy the holidays.
Throughout the whole encounter, he had my hands in full view. This turned him into a very happy servant of the people. He knew that I was not a threat at all. Totally innocent yet stupid behavior during this incident could easily have gotten me shot. A little bit of using the head for something other than a hat rack turned it into a short, quick and humorous meeting with a law enforcement officer. We both went home at the end of the day!!!
Use your head folks!!! Then you won't be that innocent, unarmed person shot by a police officer. Now if you actually are a criminal, well, you ain't so bright anyway. In which case, your head will probably receive a nice new flow thru ventilation system and your mama will be telling the Atlanta Journal/Constitution what a wonderful, loving, innocent boy you were.
When I was 20 I wanted to be a police officer. I actually put in applications with the City of Ft Lauderdale, the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol. 43 years later, now, I'm glad that I got a job with Ma Bell before any of those folks called me. I am grateful to the men and women that do this job, but with today's society, I glad it ain't me!! Thanks to ALL law enforcement for the job they do. Ya'll be safe out there!!
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Last edited by Lineman; 08-04-2015 at 12:54 AM.