Well, this story just enraged me. Here’s a 2003 video of Hazelwood, Missouri, police officer Todd Greeves arresting a Robertson Fire Protection District Captain (whose name I can’t find anywhere – if anybody has it, leave a comment and I add you to my list of those I adore forever) David Wilson (a huge thanks to my reader Roger Jollie for finding an article with Wilson’s name in it. Roger, you’re my most adored reader, until the next time something like this happens), while the firefighter is working on scene at an accident in order to rescue Joe Mack (again, thank you to Roger Jollie for this info):
In Missouri, firetrucks can park wherever they want, whenever they want, but police officers are the one grouop that can overtrump their decision in where to park. Personally, I’ve seen enough videos of cops getting hit or almost hit while on the side of the road, that I think that it’s worth backing traffic up for 2 hours if it helps save a life. Limiting traffic one more lane isn’t that bad when you’re protecting the victims, the police, and the firemen.
I think it’s great that this cop was fined $18,000, and he needs to either be fired or put on desk work, but he just does not have the judgment to be working out in the field – it’s obvious that he can’t be trusted to not abuse his power.