On Monday morning, I was sitting in a courtroom after working a graveyard shift the night before. I was in the corner with other cops, who were as unlucky as me to be there.
My head was in a tire fog as the judge spoke to lawyers about current and upcoming cases. There were also people in custody, who were in the caged area. I couldn’t see them from where I sitting, but I could hear them when they answered the judge.
I wasn’t really paying attention to what was being said until I heard the judge say, “You do realize you’re looking at 33 years in prison,” as she looked toward the caged area.
A male voice replied, “Yes, ma’am.”
“Are you sure you want to represent yourself at trial,” the judge asked.
Wow. 33 years?
The judge asked the man if he really wanted to act as his own lawyer at trial. He told her he wanted to. The judge told him about certain courtroom procedures that he was going to be expected to know. She also told the man he was going to be up against an experienced deputy district attorney.
The judge brought up the possible 33 year sentence again and asked him if he really wanted to represent himself.
The cops around me all shook their heads.
Wow. I guess that guy really wants three guaranteed meals for the next three decades.
Tonight, I responded to a gas station because a man barricaded himself in the restroom after breaking into an apartment across the street. I attempted to negotiate as I tried to get him to come out.
At the time, I only knew his first name and nothing else. I later learned his full name and got a cell phone number for him. I stood near the door and talked to him, but I literally was talking to a wall because he wouldn’t respond. I talked and talked for an hour without so much as a peep out of him. I called his phone, but it was turned off.
It seemed like my cat paid more attention to me than this guy.
During that time I learned from family that he had a young son. I thought this was my hook to get through to him, so I steered my negotiation in that direction.
I was met with silence and he eventually started a fire, so officers had to go get him.
Later on, I conducted a records check and learned that his license was suspended. You might wondering a what a suspended license has to do with a barricaded suspect, who started a fire.
It turned out his license was suspended for lack of child support……
I laughed and shook my head when I saw that. I guess that’s why he didn’t open the door when I brought up his son. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Until the next negotiation….
I worked New Year’s Eve and 2016 went out with a bang. Actually, more like a crash.
When I first went into the traffic detail 17 years ago, my training officer told me to keep track of every crash I took so I could testify to it. Since that day all those years ago this week, I have done that for every crash.
At this rate I’m probably hit 7,000 crashes in early 2018.
In 2016, I handled 470 collisions that included 7 fatalities. My record month was 60 crash reports a few years ago in November. It turned out that December of 2016 went down as the second most for me at 59!
Here’s the worst part about that statistic. I took two days off in December.
Be careful out there.
Thanks for reading and sharing Badge415
A few weeks ago, it was a rainy Friday night when I heard one of the dumbest excuses ever. It was 2AM when I arrived at a crash where an officer pointed to a driver and said he was unlicensed.
During the interview with the driver I asked, “Who owns the car you were driving?”
“Does she know you don’t have a license.”
After I was done talking with the son, I spoke to mom.
“Did you know he is unlicensed?” I asked.
“Why did you let him drive.”
“He was practicing.”
Practicing? That was the best she could come up with ?
“In the middle of the night and in the rain?” I asked with a surprised tone in my voice.
In the end, the car was impounded for 30 days. Mom and son both got tickets. Mom for allowing an unlicensed person to drive her car and son for being unlicensed.
Here’s the ironic part. Mom was the one who called the cops because she thought the other driver was DUI…… He wasn’t.