State Police “Professional Courtesy” Caught On Camera

I recently posted an extensive video of the drunk driving arrest and booking of Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson. In response a number of commenters have claimed that the ubiquity of video recorders has rendered so-called “professional courtesy” a thing of the past.

Not quite.

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Author: rafael.nieves


26 thoughts on “State Police “Professional Courtesy” Caught On Camera

  1. I've been pulled over about 5ish times. My dad used to be a reserve Deputy but it's been over 10 years now, so a lot of the people now don't know him. There was only I think twice that they saw my last name and asked if he was my dad and I said yes. They told me to have a good day and be safe. These were all for speeding around 10 over by the way. When the officers walked up to the car they would ask if I knew why I was being pulled over or how fast I was going and I was 100% honest. I have nothing to hide and lying makes it worse. So it had more to do with that I was cooperative then who my dad was. Most of the times they never even asked for my ID, because I just straight up told them I know I was going to fast. I think am officer not giving a ticket to another officer for that kind of stuff is 100% okay. I see absolutely nothing wrong. It's not corruption, it's more of a respect for the profession. Officers have to deal with so much shit now days (look at what's going on right now, they are already understaffed and underpaid and yet everyone suddenly wants to defund them yet complains about crime?) That they more or less should be able to get out of a speeding ticket or two. I didn't say they are above the law. No one is. But they deserve so much more then we give them. That goes for all public workers like that: Firefighters, paramedics, EMT's, teacher's, especially military, and etc. underpaid for what the

  2. If the first thing you say to me is “I’m a cop” it’s probably not going to go well. Military personnel do the same thing. “I’m a Marine” Ok, thank you for your service. Here’s your citation for 68 in a 55. Have a nice day.

  3. It is only professional courtesy if the badge influences the decision. On a lightly crowded road like this, he most likely was thinking that he was just going to warn her anyway while pulling up behind her. There is absolutely NO reason to think this cop made an immoral decision.

  4. Got stopped as a teenager with a friend in the car in the 80s for speeding around midnight.
    The cop asked why I was speeding, and I said we're trying to catch up with the girls ahead of us going to the ocean.
    He gave me a warning.
    I said, what do I need to do with this?
    He said you can frame it, you can eat it, but don't throw it on the hiway.

  5. If your polite to the police, then in turn they are pite to you. Many of times, I have been inside a car being pulled over and hardly ever get a ticket. I even had one cop pull me over and ask y I was speeding. I told him I need to go open the store up so I can go get my son who was deployed in Iraq. He really was. He ran my license then told me to slow down that my son rather have me alive than hurt or dead. Then proceeded to tell me to thank my son for him, handed mey license and registration and walked off. Very nice and sweet cop.

  6. Last summer (2018) going through Illinois 10-15 mph over the speed limit, me my wife and 2 late teen kids in the car. Saw the cop in the median too late. Slowed down pulled into the slow lane and saw the cop come after me. Waited for the lights to go on, and pulled over. Rolled the windows down, hands on the steering wheel. Standard traffic stop, let go with a warning. It happens.

  7. Yes cops give other cops breaks or “professional courtesy” usually for minor traffic violations. There is discretion. Nothing wrong with giving breaks. The only people that understand a law enforcement officer’s job is another officer.

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