Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Another crooked cop busted for mistreating a motorcyclist
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida police officer is being punished for handcuffing and ticketing a doctor who was speeding to deliver a baby.Good God, it's the 1970s all over again. Deep within the festering bowels of law enforcement departments all across the United States, the unholy command is being issued: "Put as much pressure on bikers as you possibly can. Seek them out and oppress their liberties in every available way. Let us profit greatly from the resurgent popularity of motorcycling."
Dr. Anthony Chidiac was driving his motorcycle 10 miles over the speed limit last March when he was pulled over in Fort Lauderdale.
According to police records, when the doctor said he was on his way to a delivery, the officer replied, "What are you delivering, pizza?"
The doctor delivered the baby 15 minutes after he got out of the handcuffs and was ticketed.
The officer has agreed to a 16-day unpaid suspension rather than being fired. A citizen board will review the case April 11.
Ten years ago, I could literally wheelie past a cop and incite little more than a grin and a thumbs-up from him. Now, with over a million bikes sold over the last year, motorcyclists are once again being seen as cash cows and easy enforcement targets. Hey, it beats doing real police work, and it pays the same.
I hope the worst isn't yet to come.
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