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Couple Who Catch Cop Speeding Could Face Charges 876

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from the turnabout-isn't-fair-play dept.
a_nonamiss writes "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking."
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Couple Who Catch Cop Speeding Could Face Charges

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  • Moo (Score:3, Funny)

    by Chacham (981) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:14PM (#18071364) Homepage Journal
    apparently tired of people speeding past their house

    Well, according to the article "They have said they did so in hopes of convincing neighbors to slow down to create a safe environment for their son."

    thinkofthechildren [slashdot.org] will get you a lot futher than speed [slashdot.org].
  • by drsquare (530038) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:15PM (#18071380)
    You don't actually own the road in front of your house. They should increase the speed limit by 20mph to show this couple who's in charge.
  • by ghoti (60903) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:16PM (#18071398) Homepage

    they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit

    Wow, that's one fast police office!
  • by Nrbelex (917694) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:19PM (#18071440) Homepage
    The couple then placed the entire Bartow County Police Department under citizen's arrest for intimidation...
  • Moo (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chacham (981) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:22PM (#18071478) Homepage Journal
    Couple Who Catch Cop Speeding Could Face Charges

    Certainly, capricious captions claim: Careless Cop Caught Cutting Celerity Cap; Criminal Court Charges Capturing Couple

    Cartersville: Child-caring couple connect camera, chronicalling cop cutting celertity cap. Court...
  • by istartedi (132515) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:27PM (#18071540) Journal

    If local cops are mis-behaving, this is what IAD is for, and if IAD is corrupt, that's what the FBI is for, and if the FBI is corrupt, that's what Canada is for. :)

  • by Qzukk (229616) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:31PM (#18071594) Journal
    You think police offices are bad, you should see how post offices drive! They don't even care if its raining, sleeting or snowing!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:37PM (#18071694)

    Even worse, if I stop paying for them, guess who can come knocking on my door, with force? The very same people I am not happy with.
    1. Buy shotgun and sandbags.
    2. ???
    3. Profit!!!
  • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:56PM (#18072032)

    they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit
    Wow, that's one fast police office!
    Where I live, police offices routinely go over 750mph, so it stands to reason that those down south in Georgia are going even faster.
  • by Travoltus (110240) on Monday February 19, 2007 @03:59PM (#18072110) Journal
    There is no government on a desert island.

    But you might get visited by pirates.
  • by AP2k (991160) on Monday February 19, 2007 @04:07PM (#18072224)

    What is their excuse[?]
    Gasoline conservation.
  • Re:Moo (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 19, 2007 @04:16PM (#18072420)
    Chacham character choice corrected: "chronicling," "celerity" contained corruptions. Ciao, Coward.
  • by 6Yankee (597075) on Monday February 19, 2007 @04:54PM (#18073046)
    Enough people have to be able to understand those big words, first.
  • by Mr. Underbridge (666784) on Monday February 19, 2007 @05:05PM (#18073276)

    The police are there to do the paperwork after you are unable to protect yourself.

    Or to clean up the mess after you're able to successfully protect yourself. ;)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 19, 2007 @05:09PM (#18073362)
    As a former law-enforcement professional, you should know that you have the right to use paragraphs. If you do not know how to or cannot afford them, paragraphs will be created for you. You have the right not to use rhetorical questions or other meaningless interrogatories in your diatribes. You have the right to utilize commas to offset interjections.
  • by grolschie (610666) on Monday February 19, 2007 @05:22PM (#18073588)

    Cops are people. There are good people and there are bad people.
    Therefore, there are good cops and bad cops.


    Nonsense argument.

    Cats are animals.
    There are furry animals and there are scaly reptilian animals.
    Therefore, there are furry cats and scaly reptilian cats.

    I for one, welcome our new hypocritical, speeding, scaly reptilian cat overlords! ;-)
  • Re:Moo (Score:3, Funny)

    by sholden (12227) on Monday February 19, 2007 @05:35PM (#18073794) Homepage
    Now just wait for SWAT to serve a no knock warrant on the "wrong" house.
  • Re:Moo (Score:4, Funny)

    by mrbluze (1034940) on Monday February 19, 2007 @06:09PM (#18074352) Journal

    "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking."


    Wow! Mobile police offices - must need a lot of horsepower to tow that thing!

  • Re:Moo (Score:5, Funny)

    by utopianfiat (774016) on Monday February 19, 2007 @06:13PM (#18074396) Journal
    It doesn't matter whether or not they had a radar gun or a method to calculate the speed of passing objects. Did you read the post?
     
      they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit.

    So whether or not the office was speeding is a non-issue. I'm pretty sure driving an entire police office along a residential street is illegal in some way.
  • by Kythe (4779) on Monday February 19, 2007 @06:26PM (#18074594)
    Who the heck do you think you are, ruining a perfectly good libertarian rant with your real-world considerations?
  • by rts008 (812749) on Monday February 19, 2007 @06:49PM (#18074904) Journal
    Escape to the north? With Global Warming(TM) it should be a choice.
    Hint: in the meantime, learn to club seals- it's all food if it ain't trying to eat You!

    All of these posts suggesting 'move somewhere else' seem to be missing the point, and also that mindset contributes to the current problem.

    Okay, say we (in the USA), all move to Canada....we will bring the 'cancer' with us, infect Canada with the same ol' BS, then what?

    I say fight the infestation where it is, then we can safely annex Canada as per the Fallout series games. (just joking!-WTF with that?)

    Oh yes, while I'm on a roll...Kill all the whales, wipe out all rainforests, and invest heavily in petrochem research- fsck all alternative energy!

    Did I forget anything?

  • Re:Moo (Score:5, Funny)

    by revolu7ion (994315) on Monday February 19, 2007 @06:50PM (#18074906) Homepage

    the Sipples' attorney, Edward McAfee
    Mr McAfee halted proceedings and demanded the courtroom be swept for viruses.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 19, 2007 @06:55PM (#18075000)
    My opinion on cops is consistent with the documentary The Departed.

    http://imdb.com/title/tt0407887/ [imdb.com]
  • by drago177 (150148) on Monday February 19, 2007 @07:17PM (#18075274)
    relevant joke worth the read (somebody tell me if true):

    I always wanted a hopped up muscle car when I was younger. I couldn't afford one. Now I can, and I have one. It is a '70 Mustang, and her name is Bessie. Bessie is the prototypical juvenile, male-caveman, scratch you crotch and drink cheap beer car. Chromed engine, dual exhaust, 250 horsepower, big tires, tra la la la.
    I'm driving Bessie on Beach Boulevard behind an ancient guy in a beat up truck. He decides to turn in front of me without a blinker. I accelerate to swerve and avoid him, and this asshole, overaerobicized woman jumps in front of my car with her hand up.
    Meet Ethel, the neighborhood busybody/nuisance. She proceeds to yell in my window, "Hey, slow down you fucking idiot." I'm a well-bred, mellow guy by nature, so I ignore this. As I drive away, she yells, "asshole" at me again. Twice? Fuck that. I turn around and drive up next to her.
    "Do you have a problem?" I ask.
    "Yeah, why are you driving like an idiot?"
    "I was driving like an idiot? How, exactly."
    "You were speeding. I watched you."
    " You were? I see. How did you measure my speed?"
    (Ever the interrogator, I am.)
    "I heard you."
    "So, you measured my speed by ear?"
    "I can hear."
    " How fast did you HEAR me going?"
    "Look," she says, "I don't have to take this. Here comes a cop. I'll wave him down."
    THE POLICE? This woman is a trip. She waves him down, and proceeds to tell him that she observed me speeding.
    "What happened?" he asks. I told him the story, and told him that I accelerated to an indicated 33 mph (the speed limit is 35) to avoid a collision.
    "Are those mufflers legal?" Ethel asks. She's pushing it. I reply, "I have a C.A.R.B. exemption for them." I give the paperwork to the cop.
    She tries to find another thing to screw me with. She says "What about those big tires? They CAN'T be legal. " I began feeling little overheated gears in the back of my head start to turn.
    "These tires were available on the 1970 Boss 429, " I told the cop, " Which makes them street legal as a replacement."
    Ethel gets angry. She whines, "So you're not going to give out any tickets to this asshole?"
    The cop says, "No, I am not."
    I've about had it. So I say, "Sir, this woman told you that she left the street at the corner, and she met up with my car here. According to Title 39, pedestrians have to cross the street at a right angle. This woman admitted she crossed at a 45-degree angle, which is a ticketable offense."
    "What?" The cop looks confused.
    "Also, she told you that she walked in front of my car to stop me. A citizen can't detain someone without probable cause, under Terry v. Ohio (My new favorite case). Since she couldn't measure my speed, she had no probable cause to detain me. That is an indictable offense."
    The cop says, " But, I didn't see any of this."
    "But," I said, "I did, and, as an officer of the Court, I can demand her arrest. I'll agree to dismiss the Illegal Detention charge, but I want her cited for not crossing at a right angle and Hazardous Conduct on a Public Street."
    The cop called his Lieutenant, and after the cop told the story, he authorized the summonses.
    She went home with $215.00 worth of traffic tickets, and they are worth a total of four points against her license, as well as the appropriate insurance surcharge!
    Of course, if she demands a trial I won't prosecute. But the look on her face as she walked away was more than enough satisfaction for me.
    Yea, I've passed the bar, and I'm on a mission from God.
  • by callmetheraven (711291) on Monday February 19, 2007 @07:28PM (#18075394)
    Unless things have changed lately, Antarctica is still unclaimed, but you'll need to bring extra long undies.
  • Re:Moo (Score:2, Funny)

    by aevan (903814) on Tuesday February 20, 2007 @03:24AM (#18079026)
    If you put it there, possibly some sort of charge for trying to cause injury or such would arise/suit be pressed...

    but if some peckish beaver were to decide to partake of a nearby tree that just happened to fall...

    ...you did say it's the township, not you, responsible for maintaining (discovering) the state of the road 0:-)

    Trouble is holding the beaver against that tree until he's hungery.
  • by Jedi Alec (258881) on Tuesday February 20, 2007 @08:15AM (#18080510)
    Still, there's a lot of hate for the cameras in many areas. I've heard that they're going to place second cameras to catch the vandals who're taking out the speed cameras in Ireland. Or was it Scotland? My solution to that - Wear a mask.

    Everybody knows that law enforcement can find you based on a single crappy analog recording of your back by extrapolating the reflection of your shoelaces in the window reflection behind you and tracing it back to a single batch sold at some obscure shop with an easily harassed salesman, don't you watch shows like CSI?
  • Re:Moo (Score:3, Funny)

    by joshetc (955226) on Tuesday February 20, 2007 @09:21AM (#18081034)

    Trouble is holding the beaver against that tree until he's hungery.
    For some reason I don't think countries come from beavers...
  • by MS-06FZ (832329) on Tuesday February 20, 2007 @10:56AM (#18082232) Homepage Journal

    I'm pretty sure driving an entire police office along a residential street is illegal in some way.

    Of course! What town doesn't have a law against that on the books?

    -
    Well, most don't have a law explicitly forbidding it - but usually the local sodomy laws are broad enough that you can charge them under those.
  • Re:Moo (Score:3, Funny)

    by Nutria (679911) on Tuesday February 20, 2007 @11:34AM (#18082752)
    Trouble is holding the beaver against that tree until he's hungery.

    For some reason I don't think countries come from beavers...

    Hungery? Where's hungery? Are they at war with Bulimia?

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