More “DUI Super Cops”…And More Innocent Victims

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on February 23rd, 2009

As I’ve documented in past posts, MADD’s "War on Drunk Driving" has been instrumental in the gradual erosion of our Constitution.  See The DUI Exception to the Constitution.  But the hysteria has created other problems as well.  One of these is the advent of the "Super Cop" — officers who receive MADD awards and promotions as a result of high numbers of drunk driving arrests.  See SuperCops…and SuperCons, Another DUI SuperCop and The Latest DUI SuperCop.  And as I’ve mentioned in the past, the results have been predictable…


2nd Top DUI Cop Accused of False Arrests

Chicago, IL.  Feb. 23  - Another Chicago cop is suspected of framing drivers with false arrests for drunken driving, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Joe D. Parker, 59, an officer in the Chicago Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, has been placed on desk duty pending an internal police investigation.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office, which is also investigating Parker, has moved to dismiss dozens of DUI arrests he made, according to sources who said investigators began scrutinizing the 23-year police veteran’s DUI arrests after video from his squad car did not appear to match an account he gave in an arrest report.

The scrutiny over Parker’s DUI arrests comes almost a year after another Chicago cop, Officer John Haleas, was charged by Cook County prosecutors with perjury, official misconduct and obstructing justice, accused of failing to take important steps in making a DUI arrest in 2005. Prosecutors said Haleas failed to perform a field-sobriety test and lied in his reports. As a result, they dropped more than 50 cases stemming from DUI arrests made by Haleas.

The criminal case is still pending against Haleas, who was honored three times by the Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists as the cop with the most DUI busts in Illinois.

Parker also made the private organization’s top DUI cop list when he made 153 drunken-driving arrests in 2006 — fourth-highest among Chicago officers that year, according to the group.


So how can you frame an innocent citizen if the breathalyzer shows ".03%"?  Simple.  You write in your arrest report, "The suspect refused to submit to breath or blood testing".  Now it’s the cop’s word against an accused drunk driver.  Guess which one is going to be believed?  And guess which one is going to get a longer jail sentence and license suspension for "refusing"?
 

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  • RichardAlan

    This is what happened to me here in California by the CHP at 2:30 in the morning. CHP lost the video. CHP claimed I was going 60 in a 45 in the police report, I said prove it? they said blow, I said no, they said refusal, I requested a jury trial and the video tape and the tape was lost and no jury trial occurred. Lost my Class A comercial drivers license ,my credit, my truck, my business of 12 years and $150,000 …

    I just filed Bankruptcy.

    I am f**king pissed right now just thinking about this.

    Why isn’t madd coming to my defence? And who do I send this invoice of $150,000 to?

    I want my F**cking money back!! My truck, my credit, and THE RIGHT TO BE LEFT ALONE!!

  • RichardAlan

    If any of you attorney’s would like to donate your time to draft up an “official Invoice” for me let me know as I’d like to send one “certified” to MADD for my loss.

    I hold them personally responsible and accountable for “fraud” and for “violations of my rights” against me and thousands of innocent Americans Nationwide.

    I know this might be a stretch but help me/us send MADD a message.

    Please let me know,

    Thank you.

    richard

  • Dman11

    I really like the writer’s intuition. First, let me offer my response on today’s DUI laws. I compare these new laws as a result of fascism. The most hurt would be if one would have actually injured or killed a person while drunk, but many pickups are not the case, no one dies but lives are still ruined–and to top it off–their are still only slightly less drunken-driving related deaths since the early 1990s.

    My situation starts in at the end of the fall semester of 2007. I am ready to graduate college. I go to a bar with my friends to celebrate, I had about a six-packs’ worth of beer in 4 hours and I also didn’t eat anything. I drive a “beater” of a car so I really don’t know when I drive that I have something wrong with my car. I drop my cousin off who lives way across town with no incident. I drive 7 miles across town to drop my friend off. I look in my rear-view mirror and see that officers are clearly following me. I think nothing of it, I cut into a parking lot (with turn signal on, mind you) and pull in to my friend’s street. He pukes in the back of the car and stalls to tell me where he lives. He finally mutters it out, I have to turn the whole way around (mind you, with turn signal on) and pull into his driveway. These two “townie” cops pull me over in his driveway. He says he “smells” alcohol. I am sorry, but no human being can “smell” small traces of alcohol on someone unless you are…A) Robocop B) A mutant or C) Your police academy instructors tell you to say that to make sure Joe P. Bystander doesn’t question you. So I took a sobriety test, and I inexplicably blew a .121. Funny, because I just drove a total of 14 miles with no incident and no swerving. So I passed 2 sobriety tests out of 4 in 2 degree weather, but someone I warranted a blood test and hand-cuffing.

    By this time, I was heated. I felt that after six-and-a-half-years of serving my country it has come down to this. I took the blood-test and the police drove me home (some system). Only if there was more public transportation options (more on that later). I got a summons in the mail about 10 days after my “arrest”. I was going to college for teaching and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go to college for that anymore if I was convicted. The summons said my BAC was .13, this is really unreal considering I blew a.12, and it was nearly an hour before I got my blood test. I was stupid and didn’t challenge it. I got a Public Defender who did nothing at all, and it saved me thousands. I feel bad for the people who spend five grand to fight something that can’t be fought.

    What I endured was pain in the next couple of months. I got scheduled for DUI “classes” through the ARD program. They scheduled classes and visits with my probation officer (another useless field in the county-side of the tracks considering this economy) that made me miss classes at my school. I couldn’t even have a job (because of license loss) and they wanted me to make timely payments while in school and having no job. Mind you, this is still being an active, drilling reservist.

    All this is happening and I am thinking to myself. Am I being punished for what MADD thinks will kill people? Am I habitual offender? No. I just made a mistake and that’s what people do…we are human. So I had to take out loans (from dad, who is broke-just lost his job) to make timely payments for the ARD program (another joke, a complete racket) that doesn’t help anyone at all. It just makes you more mad. By the time this is all done, I finished that semester with a .24 GPA, roughly double what I blew on the breathalyzer. All of my hard work that I had paid for was seriously about to go up in flames.

    So I hunkered down, started drilling with my reserve unit over the summer and started making real money. I had to pay five-thousand dollars to attend classes in the summer at my university just to keep my financial aid and scholarship (GI Bill).

    Enough rambling, what is my point? Well, here it is……I understand these laws are meant to keep people safe. The fact is that when the “average joe” has a few drinks and drives he doesn’t kill anyone nor does he/she hurt anyone. There are multiple offenders out there that don’t even serve jail time. But due to the new laws college students who have a few drinks, are career-minded and goal-oriented are subjected to this new “nazi-esque” type of villainy. We don’t deserve to pay for our peers’ past transgressions (ever hear of “Sins of the father”?). It is not right. I had job offers to make 71K and 62K to start out. Now I had to climb all the way back until my DUI was expunged (Oh, by the way, the court takes their time expunging it because they want to make sure they are paid for all their bullshit fines).

    This new system breeds new criminals. Hell, I even thought of robbing people and committing crimes. Because afters years of working hard, serving my country and abiding the “law” I felt I was violated of my rights. I serve my country and serve it well, do you think the judge took that into account? No, he was just breezing through his docket on my hearing date, not knowing who serves his community. People just need to sit back and relax and wait for the revolution because it is coming.

    Also, another thing. I respect state troopers to the fullest. They have to go through training and military-type task drills to pass. These township cops (who pull countless people over, no probable cause) have no business being cops. Some are people who have been drummed out of the military and some are cops that have been rejected by the “staties”. I respect and individual who wants to be a cop and serve their community, but don’t deter us from our rights.

  • Dman11

    More on public transportation. If you want to enforce a slogan like “Don’t drink and Drive”, especially in a small town that is hungry for money, then have a cab service. That is how small towns make money. Through the ARD “racket” and countless fines.

    Don’t give me nonsense on how drinking hurts people, I agree it does. But back in the late 1980s and early 1990s cops usually just drove drunks home or had them cool off in a cell for the night. Now it is just bogus.

    The economic factor is failed to be realized by so-called politicians. What if a truck driver gets a DUI? That means he has to surrender his civilian license along with his CDL. This is double-jeopardy and bullshit. So, you are going to take away someone’s livelihood because of a new law? No, punish the people before us. Because you are accomplishing nothing. If you notice most DUI arrests nowadays consist of hard-working, tax-paying citizens.

    I just read an article in which a man is finally facing jailtime after his 14th DUI!!????!! Are you kidding me? So we have to lose our jobs and pay the taxes for losers and vagrants? That isn’t what this country was built on.

    I feel bad and sorrow for loved ones of families that were killed by drunk drivers. But please, please, don’t lump us in with them. We just made a mistake. I realize what you are doing to make this country a better place but there has got to be a better system. How about, funding public transportation-at night-to cities that can’t afford it to cut down on drunk drivers. If you notice people will still drive drunk but are never caught, can’t we fix that? There has got to be a better way.

    One DUI arrest should mess up a life, so the stigma should pass after we complete our court-mandated program. But do the fines have to be that stiff? I mean, for some counties that are barren where does that money go. I can tell you right now that my town hasn’t undergone any significant improvements. What about doing drugs and driving? So if an officer does a breathalyzer and the offender passes while “high-as-a-kite” just because he has no traces of alcohol, is that right? No, it is not.

    It is just a shame with all the brilliant political minds that they can’t think of anything better. This is America, land of opportunity which is severely being hampered by one DUI arrest.

  • Dman11

    More on public transportation. If you want to enforce a slogan like “Don’t drink and Drive”, especially in a small town that is hungry for money, then have a cab service. That is how small towns make money. Through the ARD “racket” and countless fines.

    Don’t give me nonsense on how drinking hurts people, I agree it does. But back in the late 1980s and early 1990s cops usually just drove drunks home or had them cool off in a cell for the night. Now it is just bogus.

    The economic factor is failed to be realized by so-called politicians. What if a truck driver gets a DUI? That means he has to surrender his civilian license along with his CDL. This is double-jeopardy and bullshit. So, you are going to take away someone’s livelihood because of a new law? No, punish the people before us. Because you are accomplishing nothing. If you notice most DUI arrests nowadays consist of hard-working, tax-paying citizens.

    I just read an article in which a man is finally facing jailtime after his 14th DUI!!????!! Are you kidding me? So we have to lose our jobs and pay the taxes for losers and vagrants? That isn’t what this country was built on.

    I feel bad and sorrow for loved ones of families that were killed by drunk drivers. But please, please, don’t lump us in with them. We just made a mistake. I realize what you are doing to make this country a better place but there has got to be a better system. How about, funding public transportation-at night-to cities that can’t afford it to cut down on drunk drivers. If you notice people will still drive drunk but are never caught, can’t we fix that? There has got to be a better way.

    One DUI arrest shouldn’t mess up a life, so the stigma should pass after we complete our court-mandated program. But do the fines have to be that stiff? I mean, for some counties that are barren where does that money go. I can tell you right now that my town hasn’t undergone any significant improvements. What about doing drugs and driving? So if an officer does a breathalyzer and the offender passes while “high-as-a-kite” just because he has no traces of alcohol, is that right? No, it is not.

    It is just a shame with all the brilliant political minds that they can’t think of anything better. This is America, land of opportunity which is severely being hampered by one DUI arrest.