Police officers who do their jobs being persecuted?

United States
August 7, 2009 2:32pm CST
Now in the last few weeks we all have heard about the incident in CT, now there is media stories about people in NY City. Apparently a couple was parked in an area clearly marked with a sign that they should not have been parked in. An officer gave them a ticket because they where illegally parked. Yet people believe the cop was wrong because the parking time frame would be over in less then an hour and because the woman was breastfeeding her baby. Now I understand babies get hungry and I too breastfed but, I found no reason to break any parking laws. I also cannot see blaming an officer for doing their job when someone has parked illegally even if the time limit was close to being over. The man even states the officer was in the right, but didn't feel he should get a ticket? They where still parked there during that time frame. Why are people attacking good cops doing their jobs, even our President has done this, Why? This is the link to the page where this is in the NY times website. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/a-ticket-for-parking-while-breast-feeding/
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@N4life (851)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I don't see this as being a really outrageous lack of judgement by an officer, but I do think officers should use common sence and there are many cases when they do not. The media gives these cases attention because officers are supposed to work for the public good and use appropriate discretion. There are circumstances when officers need to have humanity.
• United States
9 Aug 09
Yet if someone had hit them while being parked in a no parking zone it would have been his fault for not giving them a ticket. Discretion is one thing when it comes to people arguing or something like but there are signs and zones for safety reasons.
@N4life (851)
• United States
10 Aug 09
I don't disagree with you in this particular case. I'm just saying that mnycases I have see show a lack of common sene judgement by some officers.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I have to agree with kykidd...everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, even if they're in the wrong and admit that they're in the wrong. Yes, the officer could have cut these folks some slack but he was within his rights as an officer of the law to enforce it.
• United States
7 Aug 09
The thing is they can appeal this ticket and chances are the police officer wont show up for it and it would be tossed anyhow. There is a big difference between getting arrested and getting a ticket. My son was 16 years old in a public park playin baseball on the opposite end of the park it said no trespassing and I must tell you that there are many entrances to the ballpark, with only this one sign. Well the police came by and everyone ran except him and the police arrested him for trespassing. This is the type of case whereas the police could have used better discretion. The judge gave him 20 hours of community service and 6 months probabtion trying to make a name for herself. Oh and I have to say this was the only time he had a dealings with the police. Before i went to bail him out I asked the officer was he disrespectful did he run? cuz if he did he can stay there for the night. The officer said no to both so I went down right away and bailed him out. I remember when the cop would bring your butt home and your parents would take care of it. The way the world has changed.
• United States
9 Aug 09
Our cops never brought you home and they always made a big deal out of it to make sure the other kids knew you did something wrong, just as they should have. A situation like that you should have gone after the park for not having enough signs, they where in the wrong and unfortunately for your son the fact that the others ran meant they probably knew they shouldn't have been there even if your son didn't. So it reflected badly on him. Wrong place and time.
@dlr297 (5093)
• United States
8 Aug 09
it is a shame that these types of things are going on. Pretty soon our Police officers are going to start being afraid to do their jobs. That they are going to be ridiculed for doing their jobs. Laws are their to be followed, not for a person to decide that they have a good excuse not to follow them. If this is the case why have police officers at all.
@kykidd (6824)
• United States
7 Aug 09
What really amazes me is that news reporters, newspapers, television stations, etc. actually find these things as news worthy. If they would just not report such goofy stuff, then the people wouldn't get so much attention. Now, it will probably be dropped because of all of the attention that it has gotten. It's like when you're watching a baseball game, and some fan jumps onto the field. The media typically won't show the person on camera. I believe they do this to get attention, so the media says, we're not going to give it to you. And that helps to keep other people from doing the same thing just to get attention.