From The Police Blotter: Angry Driver

 

A deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office received an earful of, dare we say it, racial abuse during a traffic stop. The deputy purchased his own body cam to protect himself during his working day. A good thing he did because he had no way of knowing that he would meet the Teacher of the Year. She was Black, and the deputy was Hispanic.

He stopped a woman for using her cell phone while driving. She started to rant as only a self-absorbed, entitled person can rant. I know that people don’t care for these traffic violations, but if it’s a sin for an officer to enforce them, he paid for that sin by having to deal with ‘Little Ms. Sunshine’.

This traffic stop reminds me of one that my partner and I had one night. The driver was White. Every other word out of his mouth was the ‘N’ word, and then ‘F’ bombs; “Why are you stopping me, you should be stopping all these-insert the ‘N’ word out here. His stupidity meter went from zero to a hundred. My partner wrote down his mastery of the English language on the judge’s copy of the cite without asterisks.

Our subject pled not guilty. A few weeks later, my partner gave me a call and said our subject’s trial would occur the following morning. He said why don’t you come to court to see what happens. The judge that had the traffic court duty that month was Black. I told him I would love to be there.

In our jurisdiction, the judge has a copy of the citation as well as a printout of the driver’s DMV history on the bench. It’s not a good idea to tell the judge you have a clean DMV record if that is not the case. I wrote a citation to a young man for running a stop sign. He told the judge he brought witnesses to testify to his innocence. The judge told him that he would like him to give his testimony first. He told the judge; “I rolled through the stop sign.” The judge replied; “You can stop now, you’re guilty.” What about my witnesses? The judge said we don’t need them, you admitted that you didn’t stop. Perry Mason is never around when you need him.

Cops sit in the back row of traffic court, and my partner told all of them about our foul-mouthed subject. When the all rise call went out and Judge Brown walked into the court we all looked at our subject. When he saw that Judge Brown was Black he started looking for a way out of that courtroom. When his name was called he stood in front Judge Brown and said he was changing his plea to guilty. The Judge asked him if was sure that he wanted to change his plea. He said yes your honor. Every cop in that room was sending a telepathic message to the judge; “Read your copy of the cite.” Alas, it was not to be. Our subject made the fastest exit out of a courtroom in the history of jurisprudence.

The moral of this story is that stupidity is a common feature of humanity and has nothing to do with race, color, or creed.

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  1. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    I’m still wondering about the part of her rant, “You’ll never be white”.  HUH?

    According to Fox, she’s made several complaints about “police harassment” before.  What a fantastic role model for the children she supposedly teaches.  

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  2. Henry Racette Contributor
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    One of the problems with the radical activist outfit BLM is that, despite the fact that the organization is founded on dishonest claims about police conduct, it provides talking points for lazy and/or feeble minded people. And because it has a quasi-sacred status among so many normal people (who are likely ignorant of the fact that BLM is built on a lie and run by thugs), its false claims are assumed to be true. It’s like the “women earn less than men because of sexism” canard, so deeply entrenched that most people believe it.

    College, of course, only makes it worse.

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  3. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    One of the problems with the radical activist outfit BLM is that, despite the fact that the organization is founded on dishonest claims about police conduct, it provides talking points for lazy and/or feeble minded people. And because it has a quasi-sacred status among so many normal people (who are likely ignorant of the fact that BLM is built on a lie and run by thugs), its false claims are assumed to be true. It’s like the “women earn less than men because of sexism” canard, so deeply entrenched that most people believe it.

    College, of course, only makes it worse.

    I can only wonder what this woman’s major was in college (if she is, indeed, a school teacher).  I suspect that in California the bar isn’t very high for a career in “education”.  Still, this individual seems to be well ahead in the race to the bottom.

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  4. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Thanks for posting it, Doug.

    I don’t like being pulled over. I check my lights before driving at night to make sure I don’t have any out, since that’s a quick way to get stopped. I never exceed the speed limit, always signal, etc. Before the anti-cop thing started I made no effort to talk to police, considering them my minor adversaries on the open road. But that’s changed now, because I think it’s important that the police not drift too far from the people they serve. And we aren’t making it easy for them.

    Since the anti-cop movement began, I’ve made it a point to pull over and chat with officers whenever I see them idle. The response is always the same: they look a bit apprehensive when I roll up beside them, relax visibly when I tell them my son is a cop, and then get conversational when I ask them how they’re being treated, express support, etc.

    My boy responded to an active shooter incident recently (with several other officers; no injuries). He had an armed man in the sights of his AR-15 when the man dropped his weapon and surrendered. My son has a heart of gold, and I don’t like to imagine him having to pull the trigger. But similarly, it breaks my heart just a little to imagine him having to deal with people like the woman in the video. There are creeps and jerks everywhere, of course, and we all run into them. Cops just get more of it, because it’s their job.

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  5. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Why hasn’t this teacher been doxxed publicly, and summarily fired? 

    We need to burn the liberal hellholes down to the ground with their own techniques. 

    @henryracette it breaks my heart just a little to imagine him having to deal with people like the woman in the video.

    As previously mentioned, my step son, whose tour with the Marines is set to end in a few weeks, wants to become a LEO.  We pray he doesn’t. Not in this cop hating culture. 

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  6. Fritz Coolidge
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    I was impressed by the professional and calm way the officer proceeded, all while being reviled. He deserves an attaboy, at the very least.

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  7. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Why hasn’t this teacher been doxxed publicly, and summarily fired?

    We need to burn the liberal hellholes down to the ground with their own techniques.

    Here’s a different perspective.

    We need to show people what’s going on — as Doug’s post does. We don’t need to get people fired for being jerks on their own time. That’s the left’s shtick, that kind of censorship and recrimination. Let both sides be heard. This woman did her cause no help when she acted like this; everyone who sees the video will realize who the good guys were and who the intolerant bigot was.

    More talk serves our side well, because (a) we make sense, and (b) they don’t.

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  8. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Why hasn’t this teacher been doxxed publicly, and summarily fired?

    We need to burn the liberal hellholes down to the ground with their own techniques.

    Here’s a different perspective.

    We need to show people what’s going on — as Doug’s post does. We don’t need to get people fired for being jerks on their own time. That’s the left’s shtick, that kind of censorship and recrimination. Let both sides be heard. This woman did her cause no help when she acted like this; everyone who sees the video will realize who the good guys were and who the intolerant bigot was.

    More talk serves our side well, because (a) we make sense, and (b) they don’t.

    that would be polite and nice… but the left is neither polite, nice nor fair.  Conservatives have turned the other cheek, been nice, tried to be polite, and we get rolled – always. The cop in Idaho gets fired because he makes a satirical video.  This teacher needs to be outed and fired. 

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  9. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    it provides talking points for lazy and/or feeble minded people.

    It also makes people more confrontational towards police.  That is bad for cops, which is bad for the rest of us. 

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  10. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Thanks for posting it, Doug.

    I don’t like being pulled over. I check my lights before driving at night to make sure I don’t have any out, since that’s a quick way to get stopped. I never exceed the speed limit, always signal, etc. Before the anti-cop thing started I made no effort to talk to police, considering them my minor adversaries on the open road. But that’s changed now, because I think it’s important that the police not drift too far from the people they serve. And we aren’t making it easy for them.

    Since the anti-cop movement began, I’ve made it a point to pull over and chat with officers whenever I see them idle. The response is always the same: they look a bit apprehensive when I roll up beside them, relax visibly when I tell them my son is a cop, and then get conversational when I ask them how they’re being treated, express support, etc.

    My boy responded to an active shooter incident recently (with several other officers; no injuries). He had an armed man in the sights of his AR-15 when the man dropped his weapon and surrendered. My son has a heart of gold, and I don’t like to imagine him having to pull the trigger. But similarly, it breaks my heart just a little to imagine him having to deal with people like the woman in the video. There are creeps and jerks everywhere, of course, and we all run into them. Cops just get more of it, because it’s their job.

    That was the best of all the possible outcomes for your son. He knows it. It is difficult for someone who has never done the job to understand what an officer sees. I write these essays to give the reader a look at policing. I look back on my time on the streets, and there are good memories, and there are some ugly memories. They all come back from time to time. 

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  11. WI Con Member
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    Thanks for posting as always @dougwatt, I always enjoy your police oriented posts.

    I usually don’t click on these types of videos but I did this morning (trying to keep my BP/anger at modern day America down), before your post. I’m glad I did this time as it seems very important for people to see what cops face. Was surprised that an individual cop could even purchase his own bodycam, smart for him! 

    Beside being a genuinely nasty piece of work, this lady clearly appeared to be trained in how to interact with police (aside from the unhinged bigotry), she seemed like she was trained in putting police on the defensive.

    Smart cop!

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  12. Spin Inactive
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    The left own every bit of this.  They created it.  

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  13. Blondie Thatcher
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    Beside being a genuinely nasty piece of work, this lady clearly appeared to be trained in how to interact with police

    Guess she didn’t get “the talk” we keep being told about. Or is this really the talk they are getting. 

    Thanks for posting these, Doug. There are many more cops like this deputy than there are bad ones. 

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  14. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    I wonder why they didn’t ticket her for driving without a license, too.

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  15. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I wonder why they didn’t ticket her for driving without a license, too.

    Do you really? Tell me, Jerry: would you choose to spend a moment longer in the woman’s company than you absolutely had to? ;)

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  16. navyjag Lincoln
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    Good story Doug. Got my first moving violation in over 25 years last year. For holding my Iphone while driving.  Too lazy to hook up on the dash like I should have.  Had no problem with it giving the accidents that happen. 

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  17. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I wonder why they didn’t ticket her for driving without a license, too.

    because she had a picture of it in her phone.  She was not driving without a license she just did not have it on her.  Technically that may be a violation in her area but I doubt it would have been much of one.  

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  18. Skyler Coolidge
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    Well, is he a murderer?  That question hasn’t been answered yet.   

     

    LOL  

     

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  19. Basil Fawlty Member
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    I’m still wondering about the part of her rant, “You’ll never be white”.  HUH?

    She was accusing him of being an Uncle Juan.

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  20. Spin Inactive
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    I’m still wondering about the part of her rant, “You’ll never be white”. HUH?

    She was accusing him of being an Uncle Juan.

    That’s baaad.  But oh so good.  

    Also, when she kept calling him a “mexican racist”, all I could think of was:

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  21. Saxonburg Member
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    Excellent control by the officer.   She was so over the top, it may have been easy to not take her seriously.   If you treat the officer well and truthfully, there is some chance you may only get a warning.   She did not.

    Three of the last four times I have been stopped I received warnings.   I recognized the situation even before they turned on the lights, and  pulled over immediately and safely.   I got my information into my hands before they approached.  When they asked me if I knew why they pulled me over, I would explain that I saw them, that I checked my speed, that I checked the speed limit, and that I knew what was happening.  Two of the officers were women, so I flashed my coffee-stained smile.   I’m sure that helped a lot.

     

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  22. Charlotte Member
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    Doug Watt:

    This traffic stop reminds me of one that my partner and I had one night. The driver was White. Every other word out of his mouth was the ‘N’ word, and then ‘F’ bombs; “Why are you stopping me, you should be stopping all these-insert the ‘N’ word out here. His stupidity meter went from zero to a hundred. My partner wrote down his mastery of the English language on the judge’s copy of the cite without asterisks.

    Our subject pled not guilty. A few weeks later, my partner gave me a call and said our subject’s trial would occur the following morning. He said why don’t you come to court to see what happens. The judge that had the traffic court duty that month was Black. I told him I would love to be there.

    What was this guy accused of? (Your post made it sound like this is a different guy from the one who blew the stop sign.) You didn’t mention any illegal behavior; I don’t believe it is against the law to be a racist dick. As fun as it is to root against lowlifes like him, it wasn’t clear to me where in your story he actually broke the law, or why you pulled him over in the first place.

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  23. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Doug Watt:

    This traffic stop reminds me of one that my partner and I had one night. The driver was White. Every other word out of his mouth was the ‘N’ word, and then ‘F’ bombs; “Why are you stopping me, you should be stopping all these-insert the ‘N’ word out here. His stupidity meter went from zero to a hundred. My partner wrote down his mastery of the English language on the judge’s copy of the cite without asterisks.

    Our subject pled not guilty. A few weeks later, my partner gave me a call and said our subject’s trial would occur the following morning. He said why don’t you come to court to see what happens. The judge that had the traffic court duty that month was Black. I told him I would love to be there.

    What was this guy accused of? (Your post made it sound like this is a different guy from the one who blew the stop sign.) You didn’t mention any illegal behavior; I don’t believe it is against the law to be a racist dick. As fun as it is to root against lowlifes like him, it wasn’t clear to me where in your story he actually broke the law, or why you pulled him over in the first place.

    He was pulled over for speeding. Recording someone’s comments on the judges copy of the cite was not uncommon when someone starts ranting. Probably less common now as body cams become more common. It was protection against the get even complaint to Internal Affairs. Although traffic violations are not a pivotal point in the history of law enforcement, people do lie to try and punish an officer.

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  24. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    This video with the cop and police seems a bit too true.  I think we need to let it mature a bit to see how true.

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  25. Eeyore Member
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    I can only wonder what this woman’s major was in college (if she is, indeed, a school teacher).  I suspect that in California the bar isn’t very high for a career in “education”.

    Your major can be just that: education. If she is officially or unofficially identified, it will be interesting to see if her own school administration allows, or even supports, her obvious A.C.A.B. position, and will excuse what others would see as racism.

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  26. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Eeyore (View Comment):

    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    I can only wonder what this woman’s major was in college (if she is, indeed, a school teacher). I suspect that in California the bar isn’t very high for a career in “education”.

    Your major can be just that: education. If she is officially or unofficially identified, it will be interesting to see if her own school administration allows, or even supports, her obvious A.C.A.B. position, and will excuse what others would see as racism.

    I suspect her views will be considered free speech by the school administration and off limits for sanctions 

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  27. Skyler Coolidge
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Eeyore (View Comment):

    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    I can only wonder what this woman’s major was in college (if she is, indeed, a school teacher). I suspect that in California the bar isn’t very high for a career in “education”.

    Your major can be just that: education. If she is officially or unofficially identified, it will be interesting to see if her own school administration allows, or even supports, her obvious A.C.A.B. position, and will excuse what others would see as racism.

    I suspect her views will be considered free speech by the school administration and off limits for sanctions

    As they should be.  It’s a government school.  

    The problem is government schools.  They suck up our resources and limit our ability to control our children’s education.

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  28. iWe Coolidge
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    Early this week a visitor who was in town for a wedding was shot dead by two/three black assailants. It happened a long block from my home, and my cameras picked up the suspects (from a distance). Story. 

    So the Homicide cop came by today to get a copy of the footage. I was surprised – the vast majority of murders are never solved, and I do not believe many are even cursorily investigated. I took pains to compliment him on being brave enough to work as a cop in this city, and I thanked him for doing his job. Nevertheless, in keeping with our house rules, he was not welcomed inside.

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  29. Flicker Coolidge
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    iWe (View Comment):

    Early this week a visitor who was in town for a wedding was shot dead by two/three black assailants. It happened a long block from my home, and my cameras picked up the suspects (from a distance). Story.

    So the Homicide cop came by today to get a copy of the footage. I was surprised – the vast majority of murders are never solved, and I do not believe many are even cursorily investigated. I took pains to compliment him on being brave enough to work as a cop in this city, and I thanked him for doing his job. Nevertheless, in keeping with our house rules, he was not welcomed inside.

    What rules?

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  30. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    iWe (View Comment):

    Early this week a visitor who was in town for a wedding was shot dead by two/three black assailants. It happened a long block from my home, and my cameras picked up the suspects (from a distance). Story.

    So the Homicide cop came by today to get a copy of the footage. I was surprised – the vast majority of murders are never solved, and I do not believe many are even cursorily investigated. I took pains to compliment him on being brave enough to work as a cop in this city, and I thanked him for doing his job. Nevertheless, in keeping with our house rules, he was not welcomed inside.

    We have similar rules.  Government is government and its attention is not welcome.

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