Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Attention motorcyclists: Cops only care about you when they're generating revenue
LISBON, Conn. Mar 22, 2005 -- A state trooper was suspended for 15 days without pay after he was recorded on a 911 tape saying "too bad" to a caller seeking help for a man injured in a motorcycle accident...Read the whole thing here.
Russell Shepard, a friend of Sawyer's, called 911, which was routed to the state police barracks in Montville. When he reported the accident, Peasley said, "Yeah ... too bad," and hung up, according to a tape obtained by WTNH-TV.
Shepard said he was shocked, believing he reached a wrong number.
Another friend made a second call. "Yeah," the officer responded. "Help will get there. Shouldn't be playing games."
A third emergency call was answered by a different dispatcher, who asked about Sawyer's condition and advised those nearby to not touch him.
He should've been fired, not suspended.
These are the same jerks who preach to you like Jimmy Swaggart at a revival meeting when they pull you over and ticket you for some mundane, frivolous offense. "I'm just trying to keep the roads safe, Mr. Motorcyclist. I care about your well-being and that's why I'm writing you this ticket for going 6 miles per hour over the posted limit."
Sure you care about motorcyclists and motorists, great and wonderous paladin of the law. Especially when the so-called care you administer involves dipping into our pocketbooks to help pad your retirement account.
Any other time, it's "Yeah...too bad. You shouldn't be riding those things in the first place."
This is exactly the same mentality that gets drivers who kill motorcyclists off the hook with minor fines and other slaps on the wrist.
Make no mistake, bikers. You are truly on your own whenever you ride.