Monday, January 25, 2010

Punishment for keeping things safe

Regarding this incident.

I applaud the state trooper for chasing a criminal across the border. I think a suspension was too harsh when the guy she was chasing was a potential DUI. So he gets to run the border and she has to just stop and let him go? That doesn't sound reasonable.

Did she have the jurisdiction to arrest him after crossing the border? No. I think she should have been allowed to chase him, radio for Canadian help, and detain him until Canadian help arrived and gave him a breathalyzer. Then the Mounties could have thrown his ass in jail and/or deported him back to the US. I don't care what kind of "situation" happened to a relative, that doesn't give you the right to run from the police. If you don't want to deal with the police, don't do stuff that makes them want to come after you. Dumbass!!!

This is a case of laws and rules not equating with common sense. I agree with one of the comments, I hope the penalty for not stopping at the border crossing was more harsh than a DUI. With the way the legal system works, it probably is.

1 comment:

Liza said...

In CA, we have the big push to keep people's hands free while driving; hence, the roadside advertising and media campaign not to text/talk and drive. However, our biggest offenders appear to be law enforcement personnel, especially highway patrol, who drive with one hand on the wheel and the other holding a phone.

So, when a law enforcement officer is doing something right, chasing a suspected criminal, s/he should be supported, not reprimanded. Yes, the officer violated the border, but immediately discontinued the chase and returned to the US side of the bridge when she realized where she was. A sincere apology is appropriate.

Not only did this isolated incident occur last October, but she did NOT continue the performance of her duties once she realized where she was, so why is this such a friggin' big deal??