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February 1, 2015

Traffic stop: Harassment or good police work?

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  • gecroix posted at 3:17 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 3695

    No more.
    No less.

  • sverige1 posted at 3:11 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    sverige1 Posts: 3732

    I agree with npajwa.

    I recall being stopped in the wee hours near Brenham, and I had a left tailight out. The officers have no idea who they might be coming up against, whether it be a law-abiding citizen, a violent crackhead, or somehwere in between.

    All we really have as the citizens being "served", the "consumers", if you will - all we can do is treat the law enforcement with respect and give them the info they are looking for. I think by doing that, some of them are surprised that they haven't come across someone who isn't sitting in their drivers' seat trying to bullcrap their way out or say something irrelevant or belligerant about law enforcement, in general. Sometimes the best way to deal with difficult people is to say "I'm sorry", even if you know they are full of beans.

  • Jbgood posted at 3:05 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    Jbgood Posts: 2152

    Must have been a young officer just out of the academy! Yea, had to be! Generally speaking, a veteran officer got better things to do on his beat list than to stop someone with that amount of probable cause,... other than to inform you of the light and say, "have a nice night sir!'
    Another way you can look at it is all these fine KICK-BUT Veterans who are doing outstanding work for their employers, all over this area, serving and protecting,.....USE to be rookies, at one time or another. Allow me to tell you one about me when I was one. Well sir, Ole JB.... naw, I'll save that one for another day.

  • npajwa posted at 2:01 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    npajwa Posts: 3

    It's possible both you and the police officer learned something. (1) not all police officers are bad and (2) not all people driving around in the early am are bad. My only problem with the traffic stop is having to explain why you were out.