Monday, April 02, 2007

Police Stories

Time again for the Only Ones. Also see my "policing" tag.

A RANDY cop is facing prosecution after raiding a brothel — and allegedly returning later for sex.

Married Manjit Johal, 42, even put a community officer on the front door of the den in Walthamstow, East London, to keep look-out, it is claimed.

The Met sergeant, who heads a community police team, faces a disciplinary hearing and is likely to be sacked.

He put a guard on the place himself and then went back? I sometimes wonder how people like this are able to function in the modern world, nevermind work as police officers. Next-

A legal expert says a judge's decision to find an off-duty Calgary police officer not guilty of drunk driving has nothing to do with favourtism [sic] of police officers and everything to do with the wording of the law.

Of course, judges would never ever give preferential treatment to police officers in a court of law.

An RCMP officer found Ross passed out in the car with his head on the driver's seat, along with vomit in the vehicle and beside it. Ross was charged with impaired "care or control of a motor vehicle."

And you or I too would surely have been acquitted. No sir, nothing to do with his Only Ones status. Next-

A bizarre standoff in Wilsonville took place between police and a double-amputee and ended with the suspect in the hospital.

After his car became stuck in the mud, Larson barricaded himself in his car for several hours and would not cooperate with police negotiators. Using the sun to their advantage, the SWAT team moved in, broke a window and tasered him.

Larson's rap sheet is filled with crimes involving theft, guns and drugs. His mother told negotiators his drug use causes severe paranoia. Negotiators didn't know if he was in possession of any weapons. It turns out he didn't. He was taken to the hospital for taser wounds.

Not like he was going to run away... Next-

A father criticised a police force today for launching an investigation after his ten-year-old son allegedly called a schoolfriend “gay” in an email.

Company director Alan Rawlinson said he was astounded after two police officers arrived at his home in Bold Heath, Cheshire, to speak to his son George.

The officers were called earlier this month after a parent complained that George had called her son a “gay boy” in an email.

Of course the police responded to this- not like it was an old woman in immediate peril or anything. Nothing so risky or difficult as tracking down burglars or muggers.

“They told me they considered it a very serious offence, I thought they were joking at first.

Inspector Nick Bailey, of Cheshire Constabulary, said: “The matter was reported to police as the parents of the boy believed it was more sinister than just a schoolyard prank.

“Going to the boy’s house was a reasonable course of action to take. We do not feel this is something that should be pursued."

Valuable use of limited police resources- as Bag's Rants pointed out not so long ago the average time a police officer spends on patrol in an entire shift is only one hour. I guess this was the priority crime for these guys to investigate that day.

“The use of the word gay would imply this is homophobic but we would be hard-pushed to say this is a homophobic crime."

And yet they still thought it was reasonable to go and speak to the boy despite the fact that no crime has been committed other than being a bit politically incorrect? Since when was it the job of the British police to intimidate children into thinking correctly? So let's get this straight- it's a serious offence to call someone gay and yet police will be "hard pushed/2 to say it's an actual crime. Good thing the authorised journalist caught that obvious contradiction and question him on it, eh?

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