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Old 03-25-2011, 03:53 PM   #61
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I pointed out that I saw and heard (used to also go to lunch with some of Houstons finest... I would say I met about 200 of them) stories that indicated they were just like the rest of us... they would speed in thier own car and get away with it.... they would drink and drive and get away with it... they would hit their spouse and get away with it (that pesky domestic violence thing).....
An American friend of ours, a lady in her early 60s, tells of getting some advice from her Daddy when she got her first car at 18, so back in 1967/8: he said "Honey, if you are driving at night and the cops appear in your rear view mirror and signal you to pull over, just drive very slowly to the next gas station. Don't stop the car out of sight of witnesses. Bad things can happen to a girl who gets stopped at night on her own by the police".

Dad was a 20-year veteran of the local sheriff's department.

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Old 03-26-2011, 09:33 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by Leonidas View Post
I don't know where you live, but many states have a mandatory arrest law on domestic violence cases. That's not the law in Texas, but many departments have more restrictive policy that makes arrest mandatory. No officer is going to risk his job if the law and evidence tell him he can make an arrest and policy mandates that arrest. Some states have made laws in which the prosecution will continue even if the victim recants the original allegations and appears as a witness for the defense.
Maryland is one of those, and it gets even worse. If either partner reports an event of spousal abuse and there is any evidence at all such as a red mark, bruise, etc. then the officer must make an arrest. If he does not, and the offender (and remember he/she hasn't been convicted yet) goes on to commit another offense against the purported victim then the officer is personally liable for damages.

Under those circumstances the officer doesn't dare not make an arrest. And yes, all of them think it's stupid.

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Old 03-26-2011, 09:55 PM   #63
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