In Daytona Beach, Florida, near my hometown, a police “lieutenant” (I still don’t understand why we give cops fake military rank) was accused of stating the following in response to being cut off from getting free coffee:
“If something happens, either we can respond really fast or we could respond really slow. I’ve been coming here for years and I’ve been getting whatever I want. I’m the difference between you getting a two-minute response time, if you needed a little help, or a 15 minutes response time.”
Then the cop offered to take a polygraph and he failed. Then he was fired. At least the department did the right thing by throwing this jerk under the bus.
You think the cops are bad, in West Virginia? You should see them in Florida. There are two cops for every person. All they do is harass people all day long. And talk about overpaid… The poor cops up here make peanuts. Down there, between the unions and the sky-high property taxes, the cops (and firemen) make over fifty thousand per year starting salary. For reference, many in rural West Virginia cops make under twenty thousand per year. As much as I complain about law enforcement in West Virginia, I still thank my lucky stars that we don’t have Florida’s storm-troopers.
You can read the article here.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.