Hey, I didn't mean to get you so riled up Fred. I was only adding a little light-hearted (I thought!) comment to the ongoing cop-bashing that seems to happening lately.
But since I'm here, I will say that it seems kinda shitty to be constantly generalizing and typecasting a group of people when we, as a forum, seem to consider ourselves to be open and accepting of others.
I know that there are a lot of "bad" cops out there. And I know that the nature of the job attracts more than it's share of people with less than desirable qualities. But I also know that there are a lot of good cops out there too, that do take their job seriously, and do want to protect and serve their community by keeping the bad guys off the street. But we seem to revel more in the "bad cop" stories than the good.
I wonder how many asshole cops we lost at the World Trade Center?
As a firefighter I do interact with a lot of local cops, on crash scenes, or domestic calls, or whatever, and while I certainly can't speak on the whole lot, I can say that most of the one's I know are just guys like you (yes, you) and me. They have a family to raise and bills to pay and high insurance premiums just like the rest of us.
If someone out there is doing nothing wrong and gets treated badly by an asshole cop I'm sorry. Tough break. It's happened to me too.
But if someone is out being a dumbass and endangering my safety or the safety of my family and a cop does what he has to do to stop it well then reap what you sow.
And no, I have NEVER used my ID to "get out of" a ticket.
I drive a '71 Toyota Corona that couldn't get up the balls to speed if it wanted to. I also HAVE to obey all traffic laws because I drive a firetruck for a living and would be demoted by MY department if I amassed any points.
Enough of the soapbox. That's my 2 cents. Sorry if I pissed anyone off. Especially you Fred.