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A cop refused to take action?

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    Posted: 05/November/2012 at 21:07
Down to the points.

Last Thursday, my daughter was crossing the road while the walking sign was on. Behind her there was an elderly couple walking across.

A car came around, refused to stop and almost hit the elderly couple. The couple screamed out and my daughter went to pull them to the opposite side.

There were two young men in the car, they made rude gestures and laughed at them.

My daughter took down the number plate and happened to see a cop at the other side of the road, so she went up to him and told him what happened.

After listening to the incident, the cop asked my daughter what she wanted him to do since there was no one was hurt. My daughter replied that this time everyone was lucky but next time some body might not be so lucky.

The cop said if my daughter was adamant to report it, she would need to go to the police station and make the statement. My daughter said she would, but not today as she was running late for work. In the cop's exact words to my daughter " after you have made a statement and when it goes to court, are you willing to spend the whole day in court?". My daughter felt somewhat humilated by his tone, she answered firmly "yes, if it's going to prevent some body from getting hurt or killed".

At this point the cop must have felt that my daughter was not going to give in, so he asked for the number plate and said he would get in touch and have a few words with the men in the car. The cop's last sentence to my daughter " Didn't you say you were running late for work?".

My daughter asked me what she should do. I said to her that since a man of the authority rufused to act, there was nothing she could do.

Any thought on this?



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  Quote MartinO Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/November/2012 at 00:00
Perhaps make a complaint of inaction by the officer present to the officer in charge at the local station, and if nothing happens a complaint to the police complaints authority in your state may cause a rocket to be applied to those who failed to act.

Your daughter is right to feel concerned about this, it could have easily resulted in a fatality.

The same thing happened to my parents many years ago, on that occasion the young hoodlums blew the cars very loud horn and caused them great fright, a couple of evenings later my mother suffered a stroke and died.

I believe that the stress from the fright she received was a contributing factor.
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  Quote BD Eye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/November/2012 at 00:07
Pretty much what MartinO said, but I would write a letter to the local Inspector or Superintendent, that way it will roll down hill.
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  Quote khon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/November/2012 at 00:22
Thanks Martin and BD. I will ask my doughter as advised.

@Martin, so sorry for your loss.

Edited by khon - 06/November/2012 at 00:26
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