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FML - The follow-up

Today, I was driving and noticed a police car parked in a spot reserved for the handicapped. I stopped my car and got out to take a picture. The cop gave me a ticket for parking in the road. FML

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Hi folks, OP here! I didn't want to post the pic anywhere or use it against the police. I respect their work. I just wanted to take a funny picture.
By LaLince - / Saturday 19 January 2013 06:14 / Switzerland
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By  Isoldael  |  37

Seeing a cop possibly violate the law (you don't even know this) doesn't give you the right to violate the law yourself. If you really wanted to take the picture that badly, why didn't you just park somewhere first? Could have seen that one coming...

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By  viper8608  |  31

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  sammy_b_with_e  |  31

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  DocBastard  |  31

Police are losing power? What in the name of Boutros Boutros-Ghali are you talking about? The police are there to protect you from people who want to rob you, hurt you, kill you, steal your identity, etc. If you don't understand that, maybe you should start your own little police-free utopian commune on your own private island. Make sure to let us all know how that goes.

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  Klabbath  |  31

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The ones they catch in the act. I have taken a criminal justice coarse with the professor being a retired cop. He said in cases of a break in there is really nothing they can do.

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  ByronJess  |  31

52 - If they have no traceable evidence, what do you expect them to do? Sit at your house all day hoping the robber will come back and say "Hi officer, just here to rob the house again." I've had the house I've lived in robbed twice. The first time I was only nine years old, but the robber left no evidence that could be traced. My mom still hasn't gotten her jewelry back, unfortunately. The second time was when I was seventeen. They stole my laptop along with other valuables. However, the second time the idiot dropped his wallet. It took the police about four days to find him (His address was no longer valid) but when they did we got our stuff back. Police can only do so much. They're human too. Don't be pissed that "they only write traffic tickets." Often times writing traffic tickets is what leads to the arrest of many criminals with warrants out for their arrest.

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  sammy_b_with_e  |  31

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  cgchamp89  |  31

52, this isn't CSI: Miami, or SVU... How do you expect the police to catch someone that threw a rock at your car window? Or backs up into your car an leaves? I'm sorry, but I deal with that on a day to day basis, and I tell the people straight up that there is a very slim chance we catch the person that did it. Bad things happen to good people. Get over it. If my window gets broken, I wouldn't even call the police for a useless report number. I'd pay the $200, fix it, an move on. People today think the police investigate every crime like its a sex assault or murder, and between the sex assaults and murders that happen, there are not resources to use to investigate your insurance claim. Side note: I parked in a handicap spot just yesterday on a call because it was closest... It happens. It's the nature of the job to sometimes "break the law". It doesn't make us Hippocrates. Thanks for listening people. Carry on.

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  hiandrews69  |  31

I have news for those of you who see police officers as "abusing their power" in this situation. First of all, you weren't there and you don't know what was going on. I have seen police officers stop their car in the middle of the road to stop and chase suspects. Also, he could have been responding to a hold up call, or domestic dispute situation. In either situation, you don't really have time to figure out where to park. You have to get to where ever you need to be to help and protect the public.

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  HollyDolly660  |  31

I'm in total agreement with 66 and other like supporters. However, I would like to also make the argument that sometimes cops do abuse their powers. I'm not saying that this is the case in this FML, I just understand the view of the opposers here. I have seen my fair share of police cars turning on their lights to get through intersections because they didn't want to wait at the light.

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  cgchamp89  |  31

That might be the dumbest thing I have ever heard of... Why would a cop turn on their lights "just because they don't want to wait for the light"? Cops are paid for their entire shift, so I could care a less if I wait at a light for 8 hours. However, there are certain calls that require "urgent" response, which means we drive normal, but expedite when we can, which means stopping at a red light, activating our overheads, and going through the light. Myself, and most cops I know do not continuously use their overheads to respond to a call. Lights and sirens make people drive like idiots (moreso). I understand your argument, because some cops do abuse their power. However, that was a terrible example.

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  chell1894  |  31

Okay first not saying all cops are bad but some abuse their power. I did just last week with a group of witnesses watched a cop later at night turn on their lights right at a red light and right after they went through turned them off clearly not on a call or anything. And to everyone claiming police are there to protect you. You're wrong and need to open up your eyes. Supreme Court ruled police do not have a constitutional duty to protect people from harm or danger. Look it up and learn about it.

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  vbmg152  |  31

cgChamp89, If you have good insurance, it costs little to nothing! My cracked window cost my $100 deductible! There was $1500 in damage cause they didn't wanna give up, they didn't get into my car though! However, I needed a police report for the insurance claim! Lots of times, you have to have it to get your car fixed & my 2009 Challenger was brand new then!!

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  outoftown  |  31

#96, You're right, in this instance. Per Wikipedia: "Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005), is a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled, 7–2, that a town and its police department could not be sued under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for failing to enforce a restraining order, which had led to the murder of a woman's three children by her estranged husband.... "The Court's majority opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia held that enforcement of the restraining order was not mandatory under Colorado law; were a mandate for enforcement to exist, it would not create an individual right to enforcement that could be considered a protected entitlement under the precedent of Board of Regents of State Colleges v. Roth...."

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  gman90210  |  34

No it's just so many people who abuse their power like that. Or the ones with money who can afford a lawyer to go to court so they don't have to but most of us can't take a day off work for fear of losing our jobs or at least our pay for a day.

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  Bobby319  |  35

Ok, while I do agree that OP shouldn't have stopped there, there is no reason, legal or otherwise for the cop to park in a handicapped spot, and it's still illegal

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  oj101  |  42

#15 - I know many who are in the police force. Of course they're not like that. It was a satirical comment. I had just watched a Simpsons episode a few hours before, about Chief Wiggum lazily putting off an emergency, so it seemed rather fitting to post it.

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  ohcheriecherie  |  42

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By  Isoldael  |  37

Seeing a cop possibly violate the law (you don't even know this) doesn't give you the right to violate the law yourself. If you really wanted to take the picture that badly, why didn't you just park somewhere first? Could have seen that one coming...

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  gc327072  |  26

Well you see, the fuck harvest isn't until march, and since our refridgerator broke yesterday all of our fresh fucks are rotten. We're currently on freezer-dried fuck rations until the harvest, so I'm afraid we simply have no fucks to give about that.

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  cgchamp89  |  35

Yeah, except things like that are not avoidable. I just parked in a handicap spot yesterday on a call because it was the closest spot to the location of the emergency. I would have written anyone else that parked there just because and not felt bad at all.

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  Sputnikspak  |  35

I've yet to see a cop car parked in a handicapped space, but Montreal cops are NOTORIOUS for doing the 'put on lights, blow through intersection' thing. They even do it in the middle of downtown and mow down pedestrians. I was crossing the street (on my light) and a cop car whipped around the corner (no lights or sirens), turned on their lights, zipped through the intersection forcing the guy behind me to knock me down into ice cold slush (I was using a cane at the time). As soon as they get through the intersection? Lights go off, and they stop at... McDonalds. (And I saw them come out with a bag of food). They knocked down a cripple to get a Big Mac. But TONS of regular citizens park in handicapped spaces (I have a placard, and five out of the first ten times I tried to use it, some able-bodied asshole with no placard was in the spot) - and the cops never write tickets for it.

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  drkrissy1331  |  35

Lets hope they were actually responding to a legit call, were canceled after blowing through the intersection, and decided to grab lunch! Hey, I try to give people the benefit of the doubt! I was a paramedic prior to med school and there were times we would be canceled to a call and would grab lunch while we had a few mins to grab something.

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  Sputnikspak  |  35

Yeah... Being that I've seen cops do this through every single intersection on the road that was visible outside the store I used to work at (you could see six intersections away), I'm not so willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, there. We used to have a game at that store where if we saw a cop doing it, we'd put a tally on a post-it. Gave up doing that when we realized that pretty much EVERY cop did that. Also? I was sexually assaulted by some guy at 7pm when walking home from a pet sitting job a few years ago, on a busy street in my normally-safe little suburb. He came out of some bushes, grabbed my breasts, and was openly masturbating. I hollered and ran, but this was before I owned a cell phone, so all I could do was continue home. When I got home, my brother took me in the car to go back to get an approximate address, and a cop car was already there. I went to talk to the cops, they flat out refused to take a statement even though they didn't have the guy because they 'already had two statements', then accused my six-foot-six, Canadian Navy brother of wanting vigilante justice. I was LIVID. My brother used to work at a convenience store in his teens, and some guy he went to high school with came in and held him up with a box-cutter (he took $30, a couple of packs of cigarettes, and some beer). My brother called the police and literally gave them his name and address. Two days later he was pulled off of school property for questioning, screamed at by two detectives who accused him of being 'in on it' and refused to let my brother call my parents, even though he was only 16 at the time - and you aren't allowed to question a minor without their parents being there. My parents lodged a complaint at the department, filled out paperwork, and we SAW THE COP crumple it up and throw it in the garbage. The next time the store was held up my brother was beaten up by the three guys who did it (he didn't know them), and they broke his ribs. Eight cop cars showed up to that hold-up, and then they mocked him for getting beaten, in French, thinking he wouldn't understand because he filed his report in English and we live in a predominately English suburb. Seriously? Montreal cops are dicks. Firefighters and ambulance techs are awesome, but our cops are just awful. During the student protests they flat out REFUSED to let an ambulance OR paramedics through their blockade to get to someone who had collapsed, and was THANKFULLY being looked after by a nurse who was in the crowd. Then they tear-gassed the crowd (including the guy who had collapsed). The nurse and some guys lifted the guy to the paramedics at the blockade once she realized he wouldn't get help, and they have them hassle then. Worst cops. I don't know what the fine is supposed to be here for parking in a handicapped space without a placard, but I have never even heard about them giving a ticket to anyone for it. Even if you call their non-emergency line and tell them and give a licence plate? They never bother. And I live in a suburban area where nothing more than the occasional break-in or convenience store hold-up happens - they're never out giving tickets, there's pretty much just a bunch of cop cars sitting around the station, all the time. The security at the mall I used to work at was better. =/

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