After watching Officer Uriel Paredes of Arkansas’ Little Prairie Police Department arrest third grade teacher / bus driver / justice of the peace / “but my kid was in a WRECK!” Andrea Jenkins, the law enforcement inaction seen in this video is… starkly contrasted. I’ll leave it at that.
Okay. No I won’t. Jesse Pierson, a Port Orange police officer, was off-duty when he was rear-ended by an SUV on North Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Officer Eric Peterson of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department questioned the at-fault driver and found that he was hammered. Barely able to stand, slurring his speech, the whole nine yards and then a few more yards for good measure. The guy was a no-brainer candidate for jail.
Another New Smyrna Beach officer, Jeff Cornelisse, clearly agreed. Cornelisse is heard on camera stating that the driver is “messed up,” and that “he would be a DUI all day, just on booze alone.”
But Officer Peterson’s shift was ending soon. And man, would it be LAME to have to actually do work so close to the end of your shift!*
So, what’ll it be? Hmm… How about instead you just let the impaired driver catch a ride home? That seems smart. 🤦♂️
An internal investigation found that the two NSB officers “ignored signs of impairment” and did not meet the “productivity of workmanship” standards expected of them. Both were issued written reprimands.
*It’s not like it would result in overtime, or anything. And yes that’s sarcasm. Of course it would. “Collars for dollars…”
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