Trust me when I say this, I know how this happened. There are a lot of cops that walk about thinking that because they are “on the job” that they are somehow above the law.
I actually have a neighbor that is in law enforcement, and she routinely runs red lights and drives like a maniac around town. When I told her to slow down in the neighborhood, she explained to me that she had “special training” on driving that way. I was laughing and said WTF?
Get this. When her own children are playing in the street, she has the audacity to put a little “Caution” guy that you see in front of schools at the crosswalks in front of her house. Every time I see it I want to run the flippin thing over!
But this is the norm in the “law enforcement” community. I have many friends that are cops. Most of them are older and past the arrogance of the “watch out for me I have a gun and a badge” mentality.
But when attending parties or barbecues at their houses, they will warn me as to which guys to “watch out for” because of their propensity to drink, and invariably beat on people and then hide behind their badge.
Before all of you good cops get butt hurt and start attacking me in my comments page, I understand that these guys are the exception to the rule. I know that most of you are good guys just trying to do some good for your fellow Americans.
With that being said, a person would have to be a fool to believe that having a gun and badge and the authority to put people behind bars isn’t an incredibly powerful feeling. Sometimes that power can go to a persons head.
Lets just hope that the seven officers involved in this melee don’t lose their jobs and learn their lessons.
LOS ANGELES – Seven Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been relieved of duty pending an investigation into a brawl at a Christmas party, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday.
The party, held Friday at the Quiet Cannon banquet hall in Montebello, was for deputies who work at Men’s Central Jail. About 11:30 p.m., a fight broke out, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. He said he thought it happened outside the hall.
About 100 guests came and went from the celebration during the course of the evening, but only sheriff’s deputies were involved in the scuffle.
“The department is looking at this very seriously,” Whitmore said. “This is absolutely unacceptable behavior.”
Two people were treated for mild or moderate injuries, but “no one went to the hospital,” he said, adding that no guns were involved.
All seven have been relieved of duty with pay pending investigation by the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Those investigations will be comprehensive and expedited, he said.
“This is going to be done sooner rather than later,” said Whitmore. “(Sheriff Lee Baca) wants to get to the bottom of this immediately.”