$35,000 for doing topless jumping jacks

@sunnypub (2130)
United States
January 27, 2007 3:44pm CST
I just read a story about a Florida teenager who was just awarded $35,000 from the city because a police officer had her do 5 topless jumping jacks after catching her making out with her boyfriend. What is going on in the world today. I mean we are supposed to feel that we can trust the police but acts like this make us hate them. Is there some kind of testing that can be done to new recruits to help identify the ones who will abuse the power they have a cops? What are your thoughts on this?
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@rainbow (6762)
29 Jan 07
I think I'd have done 5 topless jumping jacks for £35,000, waht is that in English money? Only kidding it's discusting really. People who behave in this way do not deserve to be in a position of trust. It's a sad world where people cannot be trusted with power.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Yea if i was offered $35,000 then I would take that offer and do all the topless jumping jacks they wanted me to do. But I would be mortified if a cop or anyone else forced me to this. No wonder so many people have issues with trust now a days.
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@rainbow (6762)
15 Feb 07
Thank-you so much for giving me your best response, I must admit I would not stop for a police car if I wasn't in a buzy area. I also won't allow them to my home unless they come in twos and my partner is home. I nearly lost my first child at 4 months pregnant when the police arrested my ex, he knew I was pregnant but pushed me over the wing mirror face down on the bonnet anyway breaking my bracelet too. He has a black mark on his record but if I took him to court he he could have walked away with a clean slate, at least this way it could help someone else if he did something again.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
16 Feb 07
What a horrible story. It is a shame that we hear many of these types of stories. I think something really needs to be done to help ensure that this kind of stuff doens't happen. I do think too many people become cops because of the power and that is something they need to figure how to weed out. You are welcome for the best response. Thanks for responding and sharing your story.
• United States
6 Mar 07
Crazy! I'm glad she sued though and won, that cop was completely out of line and it's a sad world we live in when cops are able to do this and get away with it - luckily in this case, he did not and I hope he was severly reprimanded for his actions. I do want to say though that although there are alot of bad cops out there, there are also alot of good cops as well. We have friend who is a cop and he is such a great young man doing what he loves. We need more police officers like him in the world. Sadly, he just got married and his wife is a nervous wreck with him being on the street every day (and more in harms way) so he's trying to move up to detective. It's great if he gets it but he's an awesome street cop as well.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Ooops - not 'sad' that he just got married (love his wife) but sad that we are losing a good street cop if he becomes a detective. Just wanted to clear that up - I worded it badly in my previous posting. :]
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
6 Mar 07
yea there are a lot of good cops out there. My brohter is the Sherrif of the little town he lives in and he is one of the good ones. If we sould just get more of the good ones, maybe the bad ones will go away. Thanks for responding.
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I read about this story right after it happened. I am glad she got somethining out of it. I hope he got in big trouble too. It is sad when we can't even trust the police.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Yea, I think he should have been fired. I mean once you take advantage of the power you have, I think you will do it again and again, so it is best to take that power away. thanks for responding.
@coolchai (748)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
i just sure hope that the teenager really got paid by that much, or she did that for free to get out of jail?
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I think she actually received that amount of money. She was never in jail. That was the whole thing about it, the cop aparently said if she did the jumping jacks he wouldn't arrest her, or soemthing of that sort. Thanks for responding.
• India
6 Mar 07
What a shameful act! yeah policemen do many a times abuse the power. there are loads of cases.have heard that policemen have done the act of sodomy with those who were busted and kept in their custody! i've never trusted one police officer ever.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
6 Mar 07
It is a shame that the bad ones make us not trust the good ones. Thanks for responding.
@mzbubblie (3839)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I don't know if there is any kind of testing, But, even here locally, I've heard of police officers doing things they shouldn't be doing when they pull these people over. I think they not only should be sued but fired from every being a police officer again, also on websites like child molesters are just to prove a point.. It burns me up because they are supose to protect us, not humiliate us or make us do things we are uncomfortable with. It's really sad and my heart goes out to people who are victims to this...
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
26 Feb 07
It does kind of sicken you doens't it. I was a Law Enforcement Explorer when i was younger, kind of like souts but specifically for law enforcement. Anyways, I got to know a lot of cops and I tell you what, about 95% of those that I met break more laws than the average citizen. My inside look during those Explorere years are what turned me off of becoming a cop. Thanks for responding.
@bluewings (3857)
25 Feb 07
I wonder what happened to the officer.For obvious reasons he should be reprimanded to prevent more of the same.In the movie minority report the device could scan minds for criminality and they could be taken out of the society before the crime was committed.While something like this seems utopian,some technology that could detect symptoms of criminality would help in preventing such people from being instated in positions of power.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I love the movie Minority Report. While something like that seems like a good idea, in real life it wouldn't work because many times there are extenuating circumstances that lead to a crime. I mean they could scan my head and possibly see me killing someone, but what it doesn't show is that I would be killing someone who was threateneing my daughter. But there should be some way to help stop this abuse of power. Thanks for responding.
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
16 Feb 07
It strikes me that the world is incresingly moving towards the "lowest common denominator," when it comes to behavior. It makes it kinda hard to have much confidence in law enforcement when the officers of the law resort to such nonsense. And what's worse is the number of people who engage in such behavior and then insist "I meant nothing by it!" I sometimes wonder if the reason we hear so many weird stories about the police is related to low pay (so quality people aren't attracted), or inadequate psychological evaluations for candidates.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I totally agree with you. I think they need to do something to weed out those people who become cops just because of the power thing. I think psychological evalutions could really help out. My brother is a cop and he is great at it and would never do anything like this. It is a shame that all the good cops do get lost in the midst of stuff like this. Thanks for responding.
@ukchriss (2103)
30 Jan 07
I would rather be arrested! But then again if anyone would like to offer me $35,000 for doing topless jumping jacks I'm open to offers!
@pirtlems (245)
• United States
28 Jan 07
i think the cop was wayout of line there , and oviously did this for his own pleasure.he should be tested to see if he is a possible pervert. if he wasn't fired ,he was darn lucky . i think i would have fired him .
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I guess he thought what he was ok. But he crossed the line. She was topless? so i guess she sewed the police officer? Goes to show dont do anything in or at your job thats not in your job discription.
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