Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I saw this on TV last night, and it made me so angry I had to look it up and watch the stupidity all over again this morning. This is a news story that ran on Fox 4 news in Dallas covering a high speed chase:
I'm all for law and order.
My favorite part of the "Cops" TV show is when some asshole refuses to come out of store he's been caught burglarizing, and they send one of the Police Dogs inside to gnaw on him until he screams out like a little girl.
Was this guy an idiot for running from the Police? Yes, absolutely.
Did he risk the lives of Police Officers and other citizens? You bet your ass he did.
Would I have a problem if he Darwined himself running from the police? Nope. I'd probably even chuckle about it.
But my anger over the danger everyone was exposed to by this chase extends not only to him, but to the Dallas County Constable's office as well. This guy wasn't wanted for a violent crime - he had outstanding warrants for forgery. There's absolutely no reason they couldn't arrest him at his house, at his workplace, or just follow him with the police chopper keeping track of him until he ran out of gas - for crying out loud.
My family drives on these streets. My Daughter works in Richardson, a suburb adjacent to where this ridiculous 90 minute car chase ended in a vehicle crash. Did you see the idiotic Constable that stood on the dividing lane between the HOV and the High Speed lane on LBJ freeway and flung out a spike strip in the middle of all the other traffic?....
All to serve an eff-ing FORGERY WARRANT???
And for everyone who reads this and thinks I'd rather the police just let criminals go when they run - there are many other options for capturing these crooks that don't involve risking innocent lives.
The driver of the truck that t-boned the runner could easily have been killed or seriously injured. Same goes for the Motorcyclist that had to lock it up on LBJ to avoid hitting the stupid Cops standing out in traffic.
I want the Police to get the Bad Guy.
But I don't want to loose any one I love so that they can bag a stupid check forger. I shudder to think about my Daughter driving through that area with my Grandbaby in the car within hours of this mess.
Catching some dumbass check forger isn't worth harming one hair on her head.