Watching the news

@savypat (20246)
United States
March 30, 2009 3:07pm CST
I was watching an article on the news, where a black man ran a red light on his way to the hospital to see his dying mother in law. A policeman followed him and stopped him to give him a ticket, a ugly scene took place and the police kept him from going into the hospital, by the time he was free to go the woman had died. As I watched the scene, I was thinking what a stupid thing, why couldn't the police accompany him into the hospital and finish writing the ticket there? I guess the police also think it was a stupid scene, at least they did when they found out he was a NFL famous player. If he had been like you or me nothing would have been said. What do you think?
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I don't know about nothing getting said. The media has a tendency to latch on to stories like this. I do think it was a shame that the police officer, even after a nurse came out to tell him of the situation, would not let the man into the hospital. You have to wonder what the thought process is at a time like this. The player actually showed considerable restraint. I think i would have thrown my wallet, my keys and everything else at the cop. Write the ticket, tow the car...do whatever.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I agree 100%, thank you for your thoughts
@benny128 (3621)
30 Mar 09
its abit silly the policeman needs shot lol, am sure he would do the same if it was him mother.
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@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I wouldn't go that far. I think a good reprimand or fine would do just as well.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
31 Mar 09
Hi savypat, The police officer should have let him continue to the hospital immediately. He could have followed him to make sure that he was telling the truth. My personal feelings are that the man should not have gotten a ticket at all under the circumstances and it definitely should not matter if he's famous or unknown. We are all one. Blessings.
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@charblaize (1030)
• United States
31 Mar 09
I can understand that this NFL guy done wrong by running the red light. He could have ended up next to his mother-in-law or someone else could have. I feel that the cop should have believed the nurse when she came out to tell him what is happening, let him go be with his mother-in-law. Give him a ticket or warning but let him be at peace with his family. I also can see the cops side where people are always lying to get out of things. I am just glad they all apologized and it is done.
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
31 Mar 09
I think the cop should have helped the guy get to the hospital, I'm sure the cop probably thought the guy was lying just to get out of a speeding ticket. I would be speeding to get there if it was my mother and I'm sure the cop himself would be speeding to get there if it was his mother. It's a very sad story but I'm sure the guy's mother knew he loved her and really wanted to be there for her.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
31 Mar 09
The police of everywhere is stupid.Or after recruitment in the police men or women become stupid.Their training made them so.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
31 Mar 09
I saw that news article. That was just tacky, the officer doing that. Things would still have been said, because he was black and could play the bigotry card. It was just tacky and cruel, the cop not giving him a chance. The problem is, I'm saying this without having lived the cop's life. People are liars, plain and simple. I'm betting they've heard it all for excuses. I know my girlfriends and I, when we were younger, used to come up with all sorts of whoppers. You just freeze in the heat of the moment, and the terror of getting caught speeding or doing something else stupid/wrong. The lie just comes out without thinking (especially if you're all story writers) and then you're stuck with it hanging out there. Can you imagine how many lies that cop has heard?
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Mar 09
It's different when your famous and someone acts a fool towards you. If it were me they probably would have done a background check before I could have left..lol..my luck.
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@moneymommy (3420)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I saw that on the news. I thought the police officer should of at least took the man to the hospital.
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@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
30 Mar 09
The policeman apologized, and the family accepted, but honestly, I think the cop should have been reprimanded, fined, or something. The way he treated the people was absolutely despicable.
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@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
30 Mar 09
This can be a stupid world and stupid things happen all the time. It is dangerous to run a red light whether there is an emergency or not or whether you are famous or not. I guess the police did the right thing by apprehending him. Cheers!!
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Common sense is common sense but not for everyone. The policeman should help the man to get into hospital on time. We have police to help the citizens in case of emergency, and it was an emergency.
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